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Healthcare impact of introduction of thyroid ultrasound in a thyroid nodule pathology unit.
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PMID:  22784501     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION: Worldwide incidence of thyroid cancer has increased in recent decades. OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence of the diagnostic and care efficiency of a monographic thyroid nodule clinic integrating clinical examination, ultrasound examination, and cytology with on site evaluation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients attending the monographic thyroid nodule clinic from January 2004 to June 2010. Two periods may be distinguished based on availability of ultrasound equipment at the time of the visit: a first period (P1: 01/2004-09/2007) where no ultrasound equipment was available at the clinic and FNA by palpation was performed, and a second period (P2: 10/2007-06/2010) where this equipment was available and ultrasound-guided FNA was performed. RESULTS: A total of 1036 patients [P1: 537 (52%), P2: 499 (48%)] were seen and enrolled. Diagnostic efficiency (P1 vs P2): 143 vs 181 patients were seen annually, p<0.001; FNA number/nodule: 1.68 vs 1.17, p<0.001; percent FNAs with inadequate material: 26% vs 5.3%, p<0.001; mean (SD) nodule size: 23.6 (12.4) vs 21.7 (11.7) mm, p 0.040; proportion of nodules examined less than 10mm in size: 9.9% vs 13.7%, p 0.030. Care efficiency: mean time (range) from the first visit to surgery indication: 332 (0-2177) vs 108 (0-596) days, p<0.001; proportion of patients referred for surgery due to suspect cytology/other reasons: 1.06 vs 2.21, p<0.001; and operated benign neoplasm/pathology: 0.47 vs 0.93, p=0.002. CONCLUSION: A monographic thyroid nodule clinic integrating clinical examination, ultrasound, and cytology evaluated on site increases diagnostic and care efficiency in patients with thyroid nodules.
Ignasi Castells; Núria Pardo; Sebastián Videla; Gabriel Giménez; Esteve Llargues; Olga Simó; María Asunción Recasens; Xavier Guirao; Xavier Mira; Angel Serrano; Anna Sanmartí
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-9
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Title:  Endocrinologia y nutricion : organo de la Sociedad Espanola de Endocrinologia y Nutricion     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1579-2021     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100886482     Medline TA:  Endocrinol Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG; SPA     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 SEEN. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.
Unidad de Endocrinología, Hospital General de Granollers, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, España.
Vernacular Title:
Impacto asistencial tras la introducción de la ecografía tiroidea en una unidad monográfica de atención al nódulo tiroideo.
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