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Fine-Needle Aspiration

  • Zubair W. Baloch
  • Virginia A. LiVolsi


Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is a quick, valuable, minimally invasive procedure to assess the nature of a thyroidal mass. It should not be confused with “needle biopsy,” which requires a Tru-Cut or Vim-Silverman needle and yields tissue fragments for histologic diagnosis. Details of the FNA technique and the equipment required have been described. Of particular importance is the use of a syringe holder and needles with clear plastic hubs (Oertel, J Clin Endocrinol Metab 80:1467–8, 1995). It is essential to use little or no suction when aspirating the lesions (Oertel, Cytopathology 8:134–8, 1997; Oertel, Diagn Cytopathol 30:295–6, 2004).


Fine-needle aspiration FNA specimen On-site evaluation Core needle biopsy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineUniversity of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Perelman School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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