A cost analysis of thyroid core needle biopsy vs. diagnostic surgery

Pierpaolo Trimboli, Naim Nasrollah, S Amendola, A Crescenzi, L Guidobaldi, C Chiesa, R Maglio, G Nigri, Alfredo Pontecorvi, F Romanelli, L Giacomelli, S. Valabrega

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Twenty percent of thyroid fine needle aspiration (FNA) is indeterminate. Because 3 in 4 of these are actually benign, a method of clarifying the pathology could help patients to avoid diagnostic thyroidectomy. Recently, core needle biopsy (CNB) has been proven to be highly reliable for this purpose. However, there are no reports of any potential cost benefit provided by CNB. Here we analyzed the impact on management costs of CNB compared with traditional diagnostic surgery in indeterminate FNA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
JournalGland Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Thyroid
  • core needle biopsy (CNB)
  • cost-effectiveness
  • cytology
  • surgery


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