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

@article{Hamberger1982FineneedleAB,
  title={Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of thyroid nodules. Impact on thyroid practice and cost of care.},
  author={Bertil Hamberger and Hossein Gharib and Lee Joseph Melton and John R. Goellner and Alan R. Zinsmeister},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={1982},
  volume={73 3},
  pages={381-4}
}
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… CONTINUE READING

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