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April 1983

Role of Needle Biopsy in Thyroid Nodules

Author Affiliations

From Head and Neck Surgery Associates (Drs Hamaker, Singer, and Shockley) and the Department of Pathology (Dr DeRossi), Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(4):225-228. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800180023002

• The role of fine-needle aspiration cytology of thyroid nodules is analyzed in 116 cases. Forty-six percent of the patients with "cold" solid nodules were operated on with a 1% known false-negative and a 5% false-positive result. Ninetyfour percent of the aspirations provided adequate cytologic material for evaluation. A new approach to the assessment and management of the thyroid nodule with fine-needle aspiration is proposed as the initial step in the evaluation.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1983;109:225-228)

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