Added value of computed tomography to ultrasonography for assessing LN metastasis in preoperative patients with thyroid cancer: Node-by-node correlation

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Abstract

Diagnostic accuracy of US in the evaluation of lymph node (LN) metastasis for thyroid cancer patients is limited. We investigated the value of CT added to US for characterizing LNs in preoperative thyroid cancer patients by node-by-node correlation. A total of 225 primary thyroid cancer patients who underwent LN biopsy were included. Based on node-by-node correlation, 274 LNs were classified into probably benign, indeterminate, and suspicious categories on US, CT, and combined US/CT. Malignancy risks were calculated for each category and were compared between US/CT concordant and discordant cases. On US, CT, and combined US/CT, malignancy risks were 1.7%, 8.7%, and 0% in the probably benign category, 22.4%, 5.9%, and 8.0% in the indeterminate category, and 77.2%, 82.0%, and 75.6% in the suspicious category, respectively. Malignancy risk of the concordant suspicious category was higher than that of the discordant suspicious category (84.7% vs. 43.2%, p < 0.001). The addition of CT helped correctly detect additional metastasis in 16.4% of the US indeterminate LNs and in 1.7% of the US probably benign LNs. CT may complement US for LN characterization in thyroid cancer patients by suggesting the diagnostic confidence level for the suspicious category and helping correctly detect metastasis in US indeterminate LNs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1190
JournalCancers
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2020

Keywords

  • CT
  • Lymph node metastasis
  • Node-by-node correlation
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Ultrasonography

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