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|Titolo:||Cytopathologists can reliably perform ultrasound-guided thyroid fine needle aspiration: a 1-year audit on 3715 consecutive cases.|
|Autori interni:||CONZO, Giovanni|
|Abstract:||Abstract OBJECTIVE: In our Pathology Department, fine needle aspiration (FNA) of palpable thyroid nodules is performed by cytopathologists who ensure correct sample management and rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE). Conversely, ultrasound (US)-guided FNAs have traditionally been carried out by endocrinologists and radiologists in outside clinics, where the presence of a cytopathologist is not always feasible. To overcome this limitation, cytopathologists have started to perform US-guided FNAs themselves. This study retrospectively evaluates 1 year of this novel practice. METHODS: A total of 2225 US-guided FNAs were performed in our clinic by cytopathologists, whereas 1490 aspirates were taken by a group of non-cytopathologists. Among these, 756 FNAs were taken by a single experienced endocrinologist. The distribution of the Bethesda classification categories was evaluated in each of these groups. RESULTS: FNAs performed by cytopathologists were more often diagnostic and better prepared than those taken by non-cytopathologists, including those taken by the experienced endocrinologist (P < 0.01). The latter operator yielded a higher rate of suspicious and malignant FNAs, reflecting a more appropriate clinical triage of worrisome nodules. CONCLUSION: Although the endocrinologist's evaluation is crucial to select clinically relevant thyroid nodules, cytopathologists can reliably perform US guidance in addition to their traditional expertise in sampling, specimen preparation and ROSE. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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