Assessment of the cost of fine-needle aspiration cytology as a diagnostic tool in patients with thyroid nodules.

@article{Borget2008AssessmentOT,
  title={Assessment of the cost of fine-needle aspiration cytology as a diagnostic tool in patients with thyroid nodules.},
  author={Isabelle Borget and Philippe Vielh and Sophie Leboulleux and Mark Allyn and Sylviane Iacobelli and Martin Schlumberger and G{\'e}rard de Pouvourville},
  journal={American journal of clinical pathology},
  year={2008},
  volume={129 5},
  pages={763-71}
}
Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is the reference diagnostic tool in patients with thyroid nodules. Because the true diagnosis is based on histopathologic findings, the final diagnosis of nodules not operated on is postponed, impacting the cost. We aimed to determine the cost of FNAC by taking account of diagnostic mistakes, failures, and follow-up of patients who did not have surgery.A Markov model described the management of patients according to initial cytopathologic results… CONTINUE READING

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