The Role of Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy in the Management of Thyroid Nodules in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults: A Multi-Institutional Study

Thyroid nodules in children are extremely uncommon and in most cases present as asymptomatic neck masses

KAMAL K. KHURANA; ESTHER LABRADOR; ROBERTO IZQUIERDO; CLARA E. MESONERO; LATHA R. PISHARODI

2009

Scholarcy highlights

  • Thyroid nodules in children are extremely uncommon and in most cases present as asymptomatic neck masses
  • The purpose of this study was to assess the validity of results of fine-needle aspiration biopsy of thyroid nodules in the pediatrie population and its usefulness in peiatrie patient management
  • FNAB was performed on a total of 57 thyroid nodules from 57 patients between 1992 and 1997
  • FNAB diagnoses included papillary thyroid carcinoma, follicular neoplasm, atypical cytology and nonneoplastic thyroid
  • Of the 36 patients with nonneoplastic cytological diagnosis, surgical excision was performed in 3 patients and the rest were followed up clinically
  • High diagnostic accuracy of thyroid fine-needle aspiration biopsy improves selection of peiatrie patients requiring surgery

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