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Table 4 Comparison of preoperative FNA distributions between our center and other published studies shown as a percentage of all preoperative FNAs using the most malignant FNA per patient at our center

From: Thyroid Fine-needle aspiration biopsy: an evaluation of its utility in a community setting

FNA Result Blansfield et al.* Postma et al.* Wu et al.* Williams et al. Our center
Unsatisfactory 6.0% 0% 9.5% 14.2% 13.6%
Benign 24.0% 28.6% 28.5% 24.2% 17.6%
Inconclusive 46.4% 48.0% 52.0% 53.6% 60.8%
Suspicious for malignancy 7.7% 6.1% 8.1% 4.4% 6.4%
Malignant 15.8% 2.0% 8.6% 3.6% 1.6%
Total 34.4% 12.0% 21.7% 28.4% 28.8%
  1. *Chi-square p < 0.05.
  2. FNA: fine-needle aspiration.