Should all patients with subcentimeter thyroid nodules undergo fine-needle aspiration biopsy and preoperative neck ultrasonography to define the extent of tumor invasion?

@article{Mazzaferri2008ShouldAP,
  title={Should all patients with subcentimeter thyroid nodules undergo fine-needle aspiration biopsy and preoperative neck ultrasonography to define the extent of tumor invasion?},
  author={Ernest L. Mazzaferri and Jennifer A. Sipos},
  journal={Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association},
  year={2008},
  volume={18 6},
  pages={597-602}
}
BACKGROUND Decisions involving the management of patients with papillary microcarcinoma are complex. Here we review and consider the literature in this area including two studies published in this issue of Thyroid. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS Thyroid nodules 5 mm or smaller have a high rate of false positive ultrasound findings and often yield inadequate cytology on fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB). We conclude that nodules of this size with no other clinical findings should not undergo… CONTINUE READING

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