Luca Giovanella, Mauro Imperiali, Frederik A Verburg and Pierpaolo Trimboli
To assess the diagnostic performance of three high-sensitive assays in a cohort of TgAb-negative and TgAb-positive differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) patients.
Retrospective study on prospectively selected DTC patients.
Serum samples from 154 DTC patients were obtained 6–12 months after radioiodine ablation and tested by Beckman, Roche, BRAHMS Tg and TgAb assays, respectively. Receiver operating characteristics curves for Tg were plotted using outcome over time as benchmark and assay-specific Tg thresholds were obtained for TgAb-negative and TgAb-positive patients.
The frequency of positive TgAb was 21, 20 and 20% for Beckman, Roche and BRAHMS, respectively. In TgAb-negative patients, clinical sensitivities and specificities of 100% and 85–95%, respectively, were observed across all assays. In TgAb-positive patients, clinical sensitivities and specificities of 80–100% and 92–96%, respectively, were observed using lower thresholds than in patients without TgAb.
Adopting appropriate thresholds, lower than those for TgAb-negative patients, is possible to reliably follow TgAb-positive patients using highly sensitive Tg assays.
Lu Zhang, Marco Castellana, Camilla Virili, Anna Crescenzi, Francesco Giorgino, Emanuele Zucca, Luca Ceriani, Franco Cavalli, Luca Giovanella and Pierpaolo Trimboli
Primary thyroid lymphoma (PTL) is a rare malignancy, and its prognosis depends significantly on its early diagnosis. While fine-needle aspiration (FNA) represents the gold standard to identify differentiated thyroid carcinoma, its reliability for the detection of PTL is still unclear. Here, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the diagnostic performance of FNA in PTL.
Research design and methods
A comprehensive literature search of PubMed/MEDLINE and Scopus databases was conducted to retrieve papers reporting histologically proven PTL undergone FNA. The last search was performed in February 2018 without language and time restrictions.
Thirty-two studies describing 593 PTL were included and the pooled FNA sensitivity was 0.48 (95% CI = 0.38–0.58). FNA sensitivity was 0.51 in 20 studies published before 2010 and 0.39 in those published later, 0.50 in six articles with at least 20 cases and 0.44 in nine series enrolled after 2000. This performance was similar in 12 articles including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (0.54) and those six on marginal zone lymphoma (0.56). Remarkably, FNA sensitivity increased to 0.72 when considering also FNA reports suspicious for PTL reported in 14 articles. Heterogeneity among the series was found. Publication bias was not always detected.
The present meta-analysis demonstrated that FNA has low sensitivity in diagnosing PTL. However, this rate increased when considering also FNA reports suspicious for PTL, which is relevant from a clinical standpoint. This result could support indirectly the use of additional imaging and/or core biopsy when PTL is suspected.