Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 151-156

Fine needle aspiration cytology of solitary nodule of thyroid and its histopathological correlation

1 Junior Resident, Department of Pathology, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut, India
2 Professor, Department of Pathology, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut, India
3 Professor & Head, Department of Pathology, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut, India

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Charu Gupta
Department of Pathology, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut
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The current study was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of FNAC in both benign and malignant solitary nodule of thyroid in relation to histopathology. The study was carried out on 507 patients. Cytological examination of470 cases proved to be benign, 30 malignant and 7 were inconclusive. Most of the benign cases were treated medically. Histopathology was available in 145 cases only. On the basis of FNAC of these 145 cases, 127 patients were found to have benign thyroid lesions whereas 18 cases had thyroid malignancy. Histopathologically, 126 were found to be benign where as 19 cases were malignant. Only 2 cases were wrongly diagnosed as having benign lesion by FNAC and one case as malignant. The accuracy of FNAC in diagnosing malignant thyroid lesions was found to be 97.93%. The sensitivity and specificity were found to be 89.47% and 99.20% respectively.

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