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Fine-needle aspiration in the evaluation of thyroid lesions in children.
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PMID:  22619157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The role of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology in the evaluation of thyroid lesions in not as well established in children when compared with adults. Hence we aimed to ascertain the utility and limitations of FNA in childhood thyroid lesions. This was a retrospective analysis of all thyroid FNA performed in children less than 14 years of age over a 4-year period (2005-2009). Histopathological follow-up was available in six cases. A total of 77 cases were included in the analysis. The most common cytological diagnosis was lymphocytic thyroiditis (49.3%), followed by colloid goiter (18.2%), hyperplasia (10.4%), and benign aspirate (7.8%); malignancy was identified in six cases (7.8%). Of these six cases, three were papillary thyroid carcinoma. There was one false-positive case reported as a Hurthle-cell neoplasm, which on histology showed Hashimoto's thyroiditis. One case each of rhabdomyosarcoma and spindle epithelial tumor with thymus like differentiation was wrongly diagnosed as thyroid neoplasm, NOS, and medullary carcinoma (spindle variant), respectively. The overall diagnostic accuracy was 98.6% with 100% sensitivity, 98.6% specificity, 80% positive predictive value, and 100% negative predictive value. FNA is extremely valuable in the initial evaluation of thyroid swelling in children. Rare neoplasms masquerading as thyroid nodules in children can pose difficulties in diagnosis; however, papillary carcinoma is easily recognized. In lymphocytic thyroiditis, it provides a tissue diagnosis, thereby avoiding more invasive procedure for merely diagnostic purposes. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2012;40:E33-E37. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Jasleen Kaur; Radhika Srinivasan; Sandeep Kumar Arora; Arvind Rajwanshi; Uma Nahar Saikia; Pinaki Dutta; Nalini Gupta; Raje Nijhawan; Pranab Dey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diagnostic cytopathology     Volume:  40 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1097-0339     ISO Abbreviation:  Diagn. Cytopathol.     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506895     Medline TA:  Diagn Cytopathol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E33-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Cytology and Gynecological Pathology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
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