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RAS Mutations in AUS/FLUS Cytology: Does it Have an Additional Role in BRAFV600E Mutation-Negative Nodules?

 Jung Hyun Yoon  ;  Hyeong Ju Kwon  ;  Hye Sun Lee  ;  Eun-Kyung Kim  ;  Hee Jung Moon  ;  Jin Young Kwak 
 Medicine, Vol.94(27) : 1084-1084, 2015 
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The object of this study is to evaluate the additional role of RAS mutation in detecting thyroid malignancy among BRAF mutation-negative nodules diagnosed as atypia of undetermined significance/follicular lesion of undetermined significance (AUS/FLUS) on cytology.From December 2009 to December 2011, 202 BRAF mutation-negative thyroid nodules diagnosed as AUS/FLUS cytology in 201 patients were included in this study. RAS mutation analysis was performed using residual material from ultrasonography-guided fine needle aspiration (US-FNA) cytology testing for K-RAS, N-RAS, and H-RAS codons 12/13 and 61 point mutations. The authors evaluated the association between RAS mutation status and cytopathologic characteristics.Of the 202 BRAF mutation-negative thyroid nodules with AUS/FLUS cytology, 4 were considered insufficient for mutation analysis. Of the 198 thyroid nodules, 148 (74.7%) were confirmed as benign and 50 (25.3%) as malignant. Thirty-one (15.7%) of the 198 thyroid nodules were positive for any RAS mutation, 4 positive for K-RAS 12/13, 26 for N-RAS 61, and 1 positive for H-RAS 61. Seven (22.6%) of the RAS mutation positive nodules were malignant, 1 with K-RAS 12/13, 6 with N-RAS 61. Twenty-four (77.4%) of the 31 nodules positive for K-RAS 12/13 (N = 3), N-RAS 61 (N = 20), or H-RAS 61 (N = 1) mutations were proven benign. None of the 198 thyroid nodules were positive for K-RAS 61, N-RAS 12/13, or H-RAS 12/13 mutations.N-RAS 61 mutation is the most common mutation detected among BRAF mutation-negative nodules with AUS/FLUS cytology. RAS mutation has limited value in predicting malignancy among BRAF mutation-negative thyroid nodules with AUS/FLUS cytology and further, investigation is anticipated to evaluate the true role of RAS mutation in thyroid malignancy.
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곽진영(Kwak, Jin Young) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6212-1495
권형주(Kwon, Hyeong Ju)
김은경(Kim, Eun-Kyung) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3368-5013
문희정(Moon, Hee Jung) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5643-5885
윤정현(Yoon, Jung Hyun) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2100-3513
이혜선(Lee, Hye Sun) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6328-6948
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