Liquid-Based Preparations in Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration
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Estimated annual incidence of thyroid nodules in the United States is 0.1%, which translates to 300,000 new nodules every year.
Up to 50% of the general population may have sonographically detectable thyroid nodules, although only up to 5% of these harbor a malignancy.
The high incidence of thyroid nodules and low rate of cancer among nodules pose a clinical dilemma.
KeywordsThyroid cancer statistics Fine needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology TBSRTC Ancillary studies Conventional smears Liquid-based preparations ThinPrep SurePath Advantages and disadvantages of various preparations Laboratory processing techniques
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