Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of thyroid nodules. Impact on thyroid practice and cost of care

Bertil Hamberger, Hossein Gharib, L. Joseph Melton, John R. Goellner, Alan R. Zinsmeister

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Abstract

We studied the impact of fine-needle aspiration biopsy on the management of patients with solitary thyroid nodules. Sixty-four patients were examined before the introduction of fine-needle aspiration biopsy, and 147 patients were examined after its introduction. The percentage of patients who underwent thyroid operation decreased from 67 percent to 43 percent, while the yield of carcinoma increased from 14 percent to 29 percent. Cost of medical care per patient declined by 25 percent. The results suggest that fineneedle aspiration biopsy provides valuable information to assist in the selection for surgery of patients with solitary nodules. Fineneedle aspiration appears to be safe, reliable, and cost-effective. The merits of the technique commend it for routine use in the evaluation of thyroid nodules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalThe American Journal of Medicine
Volume73
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1982

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