College of American Pathologists
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August 2003
Special Section

Thyroid FNA specimen
adequacy guidelines

Defining adequacy in nongynecologic cytology

Dina R. Mody, MD

Number of follicular cellsColloidDiagnosis

NumerousVariableAdequate, Dx based on features
FewScant or absentUnsatisfactory
FewAbundantBenign colloid nodule
Few with many histiocytesVariableProbably cystic goiter
Papanicolaou Society of Pathology

Dr. Mody, chair of the CAPCytopathology Committee, is professor of pathology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and director of cytopathology at Baylor and Methodist Hospital, Houston.