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Review Article

Comparison of Fine Needle Aspiration and Fine Needle Nonaspiration Cytology of Thyroid Nodules: A Meta-Analysis

Table 1

The Mair et al. scoring system [22].

CriteriaQuantitative descriptionPoint score

Background blood/clotLarge amount, great compromise of diagnosis0
Moderate amount, diagnosis possible1
Minimal amount, diagnosis2

Amount of cellular materialMinimal to absent, diagnosis not possible0
Sufficient for cytodiagnosis1
Abundant, diagnosis possible2

Degree of cellular degenerationMarked, diagnosis impossible0
Moderate, diagnosis possible1
Minimal, diagnosis easy2

Degree of cellular traumaMarked, diagnosis impossible0
Moderate, diagnosis possible1
Minimal, diagnosis obvious2

Retention of appropriate architectureMinimal to absent nondiagnostic0
Moderate, some preservation of, for example, follicle, papillae, and acini 1
Excellent architectural display closely reflecting histology, diagnosis obvious2