NJBMS - Volume 1, Issue 3, January - March 2011

Pages: 150-153


Author: Prakash H MuddeGowda , Jyothi B Lingegowda , Shankar S Hiremath , Kishanprasad HL , Dr.Ramaswamy AS , Aravinda P

Category: Pathology

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Background :

Fine needle aspiration cytology is a diagnostic tool used in the clinical workup of solitary thyroid nodules, to triage them into operative and non-operative lesions, as they have higher incidence of malignancy.

Methods :

Prospective study to find the utility of fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) in solitary thyroid nodules,

conducted at JJM Medical College, Davanagere. Fine needle aspiration specimens from 162 patients with solitary thyroid nodule were analyzed. In 70 patients histopathological study was made and cytohistopathological correlationwas done.


Out of 162 cases, female sex was found predominant (87.65%) and mean age of the patients was 35.67 yrs. Sensitivity, specificity and efficacy of the study for malignancy were 66.66%, 98.4% and 95.71% respectively.


Although FNAC is a good diagnostic tool for solitary thyroid nodules, ultrasound guided FNAC would have been better option for increasing accuracy of the diagnosis

Keywords: FNAC, solitary thyroid nodule, cytohistopathological correlation.

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Editor in Chief of NJBMS Dr.Deepti Shastri, Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy, Academic Co-ordinator for Pre and Paraclinical Sciences, VMKV Medical College & Hospital, Salem.

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