[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is considered the reference diagnostic procedure for thyroid nodules.
Routine performance of thyroid ultrasound and ultrasound-guided FNAB by endocrinologists allows a more efficient approach in the setting of a high-resolution practice, thus reducing costs and the time elapsed until diagnosis.
We present our initial results of this procedure 2 years after its introduction, with a total of 286 biopsies performed. After a progressive learning curve over time and according to the endocrinologists' previous experience, 72.72% samples were considered satisfactory for diagnosis. Greater difficulty was observed in obtaining optimal cytological specimens in smaller nodules. In conclusion, we have successfully incorporated thyroid ultrasound and ultrasound-guided FNAB into routine endocrine practice.
Routine performance of thyroid ultrasound in endocrine practice will considerably aid the management of nodular thyroid disease.