J Pathol Transl Med.  2017 Nov;51(6):571-578. 10.4132/jptm.2017.10.19.

The Use of Fine-Needle Aspiration (FNA) Cytology in Patients with Thyroid Nodules in Asia: A Brief Overview of Studies from the Working Group of Asian Thyroid FNA Cytology

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  • 1Department of Hospital Pathology, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. ckjung@catholic.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 4Department of Pathology, Nara Hospital, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine, Nara, Japan.

Abstract

Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology is the most widely used screening and diagnostic method for thyroid nodules. Although Western guidelines for managing thyroid nodules and the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology are widely available throughout Asia, the clinical practices in Asia vary from those of Western countries. Accordingly, the Working Group of Asian Thyroid FNA Cytology encouraged group members to publish their works jointly with the same topic. The articles in this special issue focused on the history of thyroid FNA, FNA performers and interpreters, training programs of cytopathologists and cytotechnicians, staining methods, the reporting system of thyroid FNA, quality assurance programs, ancillary testing, and literature review of their own country's products. Herein, we provide a brief overview of thyroid FNA practices in China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Keyword

Thyroid; Cytology; Fine-needle aspiration; Asia; History; Methods; Survey

MeSH Terms

Asia*
Asian Continental Ancestry Group*
Biopsy, Fine-Needle*
China
Education
Humans
India
Japan
Korea
Mass Screening
Methods
Philippines
Taiwan
Thailand
Thyroid Gland*
Thyroid Nodule*
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