WARNER BURCH, M.D.
To the editor: Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid is quite helpful in the management of the patient with thyroid nodule (1). The patient usually is supine while the physician holds a pistol-gripped syringe and directs the needle into the nodule (1, 2). Yet most thyroid nodules are most easily palpated when the patient is sitting or standing. I describe a technique that optimizes palpation of thyroid nodules so that nodules 1 cm in size can be easily aspirated (3).
This procedure is done with the patient sitting upright in a chair. The area of the neck over the thyroid
BURCH W. Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of the Thyroid Gland. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:1023–1024. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-6-1023_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(6):1023-1024.
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