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Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine 2017;51(6): 528-532.
doi: https://doi.org/10.4132/jptm.2017.09.12
History and Practice of Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration in China, Based on Retrospective Study of the Practice in Shandong University Qilu Hospital
Zhiyan Liu1,2, Dongge Liu3,4, Bowen Ma5, Xiaofang Zhang1,2, Peng Su1, Li Chen6, Qingdong Zeng7
1Department of Pathology, School of Basic Medical Science, Shandong University, Jinan, China
2Department of Pathology, Shandong University Qilu Hospital, Jinan, China
3Department of Pathology, Beijing Hospital, Beijing, China
4Chinese Cytology Association, Beijing, China
5Department of Cytopathology, Cancer Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University, Wulumuqi, China
6Department of Endocrinology, Shandong University Qilu Hospital, Jinan, China
7Department of General Surgery, Shandong University Qilu Hospital, Jinan, China
Corresponding Author: Zhiyan Liu ,Tel: +86-18560081167, Fax: +86-53182679225, Email: zhiyanliu@sdu.edu.cn
Received: July 26, 2017;  Revised: September 8, 2017  Accepted: September 12, 2017.  Published online: October 19, 2017.
Cytology in China developed from nothing and underwent a long journey from gynecologic cytology to that of all organs, laying a solid foundation for new developments in the 21st century. Thyroid fine-needle aspiration (FNA) was primarily developed in an endocrinology department and then in the clinical laboratory department or pathology department in the 1970–80s. Wrights staining is popular in endocrine and clinical laboratory departments, while hematoxylin and eosin staining is common in pathology. Liquid based cytology is not common in thyroid FNA cytology, while BRAFV600E mutation analysis has been the most popular molecular test. The history and practice of thyroid FNA practice in China were reviewed based on retrospective study of the practice in Qilu Hospital of Shandong University.
Key Words: Thyroid fine needle aspiration; Practice; China; Qilu Hospital
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