Fine-needle aspiration in the evaluation of thyroid lesions in children
Article first published online: 26 OCT 2010
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Volume 40, Issue S1, pages E33–E37, May 2012
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Kaur, J., Srinivasan, R., Arora, S. K., Rajwanshi, A., Saikia, U. N., Dutta, P., Gupta, N., Nijhawan, R., Dey, P. (2012), Fine-needle aspiration in the evaluation of thyroid lesions in children. Diagn. Cytopathol., 40: E33–E37. doi: 10.1002/dc.21568
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 26 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 SEP 2010
- Manuscript Received: 11 JUN 2010
- pediatric thyroid FNA;
- thyroid neoplasm;
- fine-needle aspiration cytology
The role of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology in the evaluation of thyroid lesions in not as well established in children when compared with adults. Hence we aimed to ascertain the utility and limitations of FNA in childhood thyroid lesions. This was a retrospective analysis of all thyroid FNA performed in children less than 14 years of age over a 4-year period (2005–2009). Histopathological follow-up was available in six cases. A total of 77 cases were included in the analysis. The most common cytological diagnosis was lymphocytic thyroiditis (49.3%), followed by colloid goiter (18.2%), hyperplasia (10.4%), and benign aspirate (7.8%); malignancy was identified in six cases (7.8%). Of these six cases, three were papillary thyroid carcinoma. There was one false-positive case reported as a Hurthle-cell neoplasm, which on histology showed Hashimoto's thyroiditis. One case each of rhabdomyosarcoma and spindle epithelial tumor with thymus like differentiation was wrongly diagnosed as thyroid neoplasm, NOS, and medullary carcinoma (spindle variant), respectively. The overall diagnostic accuracy was 98.6% with 100% sensitivity, 98.6% specificity, 80% positive predictive value, and 100% negative predictive value. FNA is extremely valuable in the initial evaluation of thyroid swelling in children. Rare neoplasms masquerading as thyroid nodules in children can pose difficulties in diagnosis; however, papillary carcinoma is easily recognized. In lymphocytic thyroiditis, it provides a tissue diagnosis, thereby avoiding more invasive procedure for merely diagnostic purposes. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2012;40:E33–E37. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.