Journal article

Fine-needle aspiration may miss a third of all malignancy in palpable thyroid nodules - A comprehensive literature review

Yoon Y Tee, Adrian J Lowe, Caroline A Brand, Rodney T Judson

ANNALS OF SURGERY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is currently the primary diagnostic procedure in diagnosing thyroid malignancy and guides surgeons on patient selection for thyroidectomy for thyroid nodules. Diagnostic sensitivity is reported to be approximately 80%; however, patients with negative FNA results do not necessarily undergo surgery and are often not considered in statistical analysis. This may lead to bias in previous reported sensitivity of FNA. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance attributes of FNA based on a comprehensive review and summary of previous literature. METHODS: A comprehensive review of published literature from 1966 to 2005 was performed, using ..

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