A fine needle aspirate from the thyroid gland should be assessed for adequacy.


A specimen is considered adequate if one or both of the following is present:

(1) there are at least 5-6 groups of follicular cells with >= 10 cells per group

(2) there are >= 60 follicular cells identified


A specimen with atypical or malignant cells is not considered unsatisfactory.



abundant colloid, inadequate follicular cells

less than optimal specimen, consistent with colloid nodule

macrophages, cyst contents and rare or no follicular cells

less than optimal specimen, nondiagnostic

none of the above



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