Approach to Thyroid FNA Cytopathology: An Overview

  • Douglas P. Clark
  • William C. Faquin
Part of the Essentials in Cytopathology book series (EICP, volume 8)


In this book, we present a practical, algorithmic approach to the diagnosis of thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) (Figure 3.1). This approach uses a combination of low-magnification assessment of cellular components, evaluation of cytoarchitectural patterns, and high-magnification scrutiny of nuclear features. This approach will also enable the placement of FNAs into diagnostic categories that have recently been developed from a National Cancer Institute (NCI) conference on thyroid FNA termed the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology (BSRTC).


Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Follicular Cell Follicular Adenoma Follicular Neoplasm Subacute Thyroiditis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyThe Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology Harvard Medical SchoolMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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