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Thyroid fine needle cytology complicated by recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy and unnecessary radical surgery

  • S J Hulin (a1) and K P Harris (a1)

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Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is an important tool in the investigation of thyroid nodules and has few reported complications. We present the first report of recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy arising as a complication of thyroid nodule FNAC. This complication led to inaccurate diagnosis and unnecessarily radical surgery, with consequent increased morbidity.

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Address for correspondence: Mr K Harris, Dept General Surgery, North Hants Hospital, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, HANTS, RG24 9NA, UK. Fax: 01256 313512 E-mail: kevin.harris@nhht.nhs.uk

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Thyroid fine needle cytology complicated by recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy and unnecessary radical surgery

  • S J Hulin (a1) and K P Harris (a1)

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