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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: April | Volume: 7 | Issue: 4 | Pages: 77-86

Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology in Cases of Thyroid Swellings: One Year Study

Dr. Prashant S. Murarkar1, Dr. Kalpana R. Sulhyan2, Dr. Alka V. Gosavi3, Dr. Prashant B. Chege4

1Assistant professor, 2Professor and head, 3Associate professor, 4Junior Resident,
Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Miraj.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Prashant S. Murarkar


Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is a simple, rapid, cost-effective technique for pre-operative investigation of thyroid swellings. This study is carried out to highlight the role of fine needle aspiration cytology as a first-line investigation in cases of thyroid swellings and to correlate the cytology findings with histopathological findings wherever possible. This was a retrospective study of 102 fine needle aspirations (FNA) of thyroid swellings over a period of one year. The results were categorized according to the recent Bethesda classification (2009). Histopathological correlation was done, when surgical specimen was available. The accuracy of cytodiagnosis obtained was 91.67% with a sensitivity of 75%, specificity of 95%, a positive predictive value of 75%, a negative predictive value of 95%, false negative rate of 25% and false positive rate of 5%.

Key words: Fine needle aspiration; Thyroid swellings; Histopathology.

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