Introduction: Thyroid isthmus is defined as the thin band connecting thyroid tissue between both lateral thyroid lobes. Recently, a possible association between thyroid nodules located in the isthmus and malignancy was proposed. The aim of this study was to compare the frequency of The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology (TBSRTC) categories between nodules from the isthmus and nodules from both thyroid lobes. Methods: All fine needle aspiration cytology procedures performed between January 2016 and December 2019 at the Pathology Institute of Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, were analyzed. For each nodule, at least 2 conventional slides were produced (1 stained by Giemsa and the other by hematoxylin and eosin). All cases were reported according to the TBSRTC. Clinical information (gender, age, and localization) and ultrasound data (size of nodules) were collected from medical requisition forms. To assess the association between the frequency of TBSRTC categories and nodule location, univariate analysis was performed using the χ2 test or Fisher’s exact test, as appropriate. A p value <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Nodules located in transition between the isthmus and a right or left lobe were included in the isthmus group. Results: Considering the p value between the TBSRTC categories and thyroid nodule location, statistic association was not observed: nondiagnostic or unsatisfactory (p = 0.1442), atypia of undetermined significance or follicular lesion of undetermined significance (p = 0.3296), follicular neoplasm or suspicious for a follicular neoplasm (p = 0.0817), suspicious for malignancy (p = 0.8464), and malignant (p = 0.1082). Conclusion: In the studied population, nodules located in the isthmus were not related to any Bethesda System category.

Copyright / Drug Dosage / Disclaimer
Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.
You do not currently have access to this content.