Category Archives: Needle Evaluation

Gross Evaluation of Needle Aspirate from a Thyroid Nodule

I recently aspirated a solitary thyroid nodule from a 40-year-old female. I got these aspirates smeared on a glass slide.   The aspirates look like colloid gel which are suggestive of colloid nodule. The official needle biopsy report showed colloid … Continue reading

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An Experience with a Patient with a Breast Problem

Once you feel a breast lump, consult a breast specialist as soon as possible. Once you feel a breast lump, you feel anxious.  You fear that it may be a cancer. Consult a breast specialist right away who may help … Continue reading

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Diagnostic Yield of Needle Evaluation of Surface Masses

Diagnostic Yield The likelihood that a test or procedure will provide the information needed to establish a diagnosis. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/diagnostic+yield The diagnostic yield of needle evaluation is more than 95%.  It can be as high as 98%. When one does a needle … Continue reading

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Non-diagnostic Needle Biopsy Reports

Whenever physician-clinicians get a needle biopsy report that says “non-diagnostic aspirate” from the pathologists, they usually feel bad thinking that they did not do the procedure properly.  “Non-diagnostic aspirate” usually results from bloody smear or no or very few cells … Continue reading

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Examining Needle Aspirate at a Gross Level

The medical community is familiar with “needle aspiration” of lumps for diagnostic purpose.   When one says “needle aspiration” of lumps for diagnostic purpose, automatically it refers to “fine-needle aspiration biopsy.” From Wikepedia: Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB, FNA or NAB), or … Continue reading

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