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Generally 10% neutral buffered formalin. Fix all thyroids at least overnight to avoid artifactual nuclear atypia.[1]

  See also: General notes on fixation

Gross processing

Selection and trimming

  • Weigh[1]
  • Measure each lobe and isthmus in 3 dimensions, respectively.[1]
  • Ink outer surface,[1] at least if malignancy is suspected.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

File:How to not gross hemithyroidectomy.svg|None of the outer “capsular” surface should be inked like the cut surface.[notes 1] File:Grossing of thyroidectomy with isthmus.svg|Intact total thyroidectomy: Separate colors for each lobe and the isthmus. File:Grossing of thyroidectomy without isthmus.svg|If no appreciable isthmus, Separate colors for each lobe. </gallery> Serially section the specimen at 3-4mm intervals,[2] such as follows:[1]

  See also: General notes on gross processing


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 . Gross Pathology Manual By The University of Chicago Department of Pathology. Updated 2-14-19 NAC.
  2. . THYROID. Royal College of pathologists of Australia. Retrieved on 2019-12-17.

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