Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of a modified scrape cell block (SCB) technique in a large series of patients. The technique was especially developed and tested for fine-needle aspiration of thyroid and parathyroid nodules. Study Design: Eighty-two ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration specimens with the sonographic aspect of a thyroid (n = 33) or a possible parathyroid nodule (n = 49) were studied. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was used on cell blocks containing plasma, thromboplastin, and selected 3-dimensional cell aggregates scraped off Papanicolaou-stained smears. Antibodies for chromogranin A, thyroglobulin, parathyroid hormone, calcitonin, and carcinoembryonic antibody (CEA) were used. In cases of reduced immunosensitivity or suspected metastases or rare primary tumors, additional IHC markers were employed. Results: Chromogranin A was expressed in all 28 parathyroid adenomas (PA), in 7 of 8 hyperplastic parathyroid glands, and in 13 of 14 medullary thyroid carcinomas (MTC). When combining positivity for chromogranin A and calcitonin/CEA, the specificity for the detection of MTC was 100%. Parathyroid hormone was expressed in 26 of 36 parathyroid nodules (72.2%). When combining follicular microarchitecture and expression of chromogranin A, the specificity for the detection of parathyroid tissue was 97%. Conclusion: With the modified SCB technique, accurate cytological diagnoses were obtained in 97.6% of 82 patients.

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