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The Bethesda system for reporting thyroid cytopathology: Should Sri Lanka adopt it?

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Chandu de Silva

Chair and Senior Professor of Pathology Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a frontline investigation in the management of solitary thyroid nodules. It reduces unnecessary surgery in patients with benign nodules and helps to triage patients with malignant nodules for surgery. If FNA is to be clinically useful, the cytopathology report has to be unambiguous and should guide the referring physician to appropriate therapy. It is also essential for endocrinologists, physicians and surgeons to be familiar with the reporting format and terminology used. This article will describe the Bethesda system for reporting thyroid cytopathology (BSRTC), compare it with the existing system used in Sri Lanka and discuss why it should adopted in this country.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cjo.v3i1.5211

Ceylon Journal of Otolaryngology Vol.3(1) 2013 pp.9-14

How to Cite: de Silva, C., (2013). The Bethesda system for reporting thyroid cytopathology: Should Sri Lanka adopt it?. Ceylon Journal of Otolaryngology. 3(1), pp.9–14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjo.v3i1.5211
Published on 07 Feb 2013.
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