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Cytopathology
Palpation Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
Analysis of FNA Procedure and Diagnosis

Author: Joe D. Jakowski, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 18 August 2013, last major update August 2013
Copyright: (c) 2013, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.

General
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Error Rates
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Statistical analysis of FNA diagnoses
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FNA Site Sensitivity Specificity Accuracy PPV NPV FP FN
Salivary Gland 76-83% 93-98% 89-96% 87-90% 94% 0.5-6% 0-16%
Thyroid 65-98% 72-100% 75-90% 94-99% 66-97% 0-8% 1-12%
Breast 73-97% 78-100% 91-93% 92-99% 86-92% 0.5-2% 3-5%
Lymph Node (including benign/reactive vs. all types of lymphoma* vs. metastasis) 30-97% 67-100% 72-97% 82-99% 81-93% 0.9-4% 3-27%
Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors 79-96% 72-98% 73-95% 67-99% 82-92% 1-5% 2-15%

Additional references
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