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Anyone have experience with the affirma thyroid fna biopsy?

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Dr. Stephanie Lee
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Thyroid

Used if thyroid biopsy shows a follicular lesion.
The affirma assay is a molecular classifier test that shows if that nodule us benign early use show promising results. Expensive test that few insurance companies will pay for.

In brief: Thyroid

Used if thyroid biopsy shows a follicular lesion.
The affirma assay is a molecular classifier test that shows if that nodule us benign early use show promising results. Expensive test that few insurance companies will pay for.
Dr. Stephanie Lee
Dr. Stephanie Lee
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Dr. Philip Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: More info needed

We don't use it. It is heavily promoted by the company, but not well validated.
Theoretically, different genes are expressed by the malignant nodules, but the company does not say what those are. There is a lot of decision-making around thyroid nodules. The test is not a substitute for a good endocrinologist and surgeon. If fna is equivocal, you can watch the nodule and not rush to surgery.

In brief: More info needed

We don't use it. It is heavily promoted by the company, but not well validated.
Theoretically, different genes are expressed by the malignant nodules, but the company does not say what those are. There is a lot of decision-making around thyroid nodules. The test is not a substitute for a good endocrinologist and surgeon. If fna is equivocal, you can watch the nodule and not rush to surgery.
Dr. Philip Kern
Dr. Philip Kern
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