J Pathol Transl Med.  2017 Nov;51(6):560-564. 10.4132/jptm.2017.09.20.

Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration in Taiwan: The History and Current Practice

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  • 1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. crlai@vghtpe.gov.tw
  • 2School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Abstract

In Taiwan, thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine gland malignancy and the incidence of thyroid cancer has increased four-fold in the past two decades. Fine-needle aspiration is an accurate and cost-effective method of evaluating thyroid nodules and has been the gold-standard diagnostic tool for thyroid tumors in Taiwan since the 1980s. This article reviews the history, current practice, reporting systems, training, and quality assurance for thyroid fine-needle aspiration cytology in Taiwan.

Keyword

Thyroid; Biopsy, fine-needle; Cytology; Taiwan
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