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Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine 2017;51(6): 571-578.
doi: https://doi.org/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
Chan Kwon Jung1, SoonWon Hong2, Andrey Bychkov3, Kennichi Kakudo4
1Department of Hospital Pathology, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
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
Corresponding Author: Chan Kwon Jung ,Tel: +82-2-2258-1622, Fax: +82-2-2258-1627, Email: ckjung@catholic.ac.kr
Received: October 12, 2017;  Accepted: October 16, 2017.  Published online: October 27, 2017.
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.
Key Words: Thyroid; Cytology; Fine-needle aspiration; Asia; History; Methods; Survey
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