Arup Sengupta1, Ranabir Pal2, Sumit Kar2, Forhad Akhtar Zaman2, Subhabrata Sengupta3, Shrayan Pal2
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, M.G.M. Medical College, Kisanganj, Bihar, India.
2Department of Community Medicine, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.
3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.
DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.82308


Background: In the preoperative decision-making of the thyroid swellings, fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is becoming an ever more vital tool. Objectives: To compare the advantage of preoperative FNAC of thyroid swellings with postoperative histopathology to reach a consensus protocol as a simple procedure for diagnosis and optimal management of thyroid swellings. Materials and Methods: A prospective study of preoperative FNAC was carried out on 178 incidental thyroid swellings attending a tertiary care centre in Kishanganj, Bihar. Evidence-based surgical interventions were done, irrespective of FNAC findings and diagnosis was confirmed by histopathological examination (HPE) postoperatively in all the cases. Results: In the FNAC, preponderance of the cases (75.84%) was colloid goitre followed by granulomatous thyroiditis; follicular carcinoma was noted in 7.30 percent and anaplastic carcinoma in 3.37 percent of cases. Histopathological examination showed colloid goitre predominantly (76.97%), followed by follicular carcinoma (8.99%). The overall prevalence of malignancy was 11.24 percent diagnosed by HPE and 9.55 percent by FNAC. In our FNAC series sensitivity of was 90 percent while specificity was 100 percent; accuracy was 98.88 percent. Predictive value of a positive test and negative tests was 100 percent and 98.75 percent respectively. Conclusion: The study highlights that FNAC should be treated as a first-line diagnostic test for thyroid swellings to guide the management though this is not a substitute for HPE as a need to improve primary healthcare in India.

Keywords: Fine needle aspiration cytology, histopathology, thyroid swelling.

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