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how long does a biopsy of the thyroid take to get back

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: Anybody can have nodes. Your physician wants to biopsy them because hashimoto's puts you at extra risk for malignant lymphoma, and even if the nodes a ... Read More
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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
51 years experience Endocrinology
They want to make : Sure you don't have a malignancy- cancer whether related to hashimoto's disease or not.
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
Common: Seeing mildly enlarged lymph nodes in the neck is very common with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. We usually do not biopsy these lymph nodes unless there i ... Read More
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Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Can vary: It depends upon where it is sent & how much testing is done. In-town pathologists will usually give an report in 1-3 working days; out-of-town patho ... Read More
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Dr. Eric Whitman
35 years experience Surgical Oncology
Varies: Thyroid biopsies can be difficult to interpret and may need to be sent for a second opinion pathology review. The results could take days or weeks the ... Read More
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Dr. Barry Kahn
30 years experience Pathology
One or two days: A typical evaluation of thyroid tissue, whether through fine needle aspiration, biopsy or surgical excision, often takes 1-2 days. Occasional more di ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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If they grow: Hi. If the nodules get bigger, they should be needle biopsied again. Even if they stay the same size, some people would routinely biopsy again in a ye ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience Endocrinology
Minimal discomfort: A fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid is done with a fine gauge needle (usually 22 to 25 gauge). For comparison, when blood is drawn one usu ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Watch both: do not remove or try to biopsy second nodule but repeat CAT scans to assure 2nd lesion not growing. Most of the cases of 2 nodules result in appeara ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: If it is biopsy of a lymph node, that could be done under local anesthesia and may take only minutes. If it is for a mass deeper in the neck, then you ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Local anesthesia: Even for the excisional biopsy is a standard of care. In case of the anxiety conscious sedation can be administrated. You will be able to return to n ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Your question?unclea: Not every mole needs to biopsied. An experienced physician/dermatologist exercises judgment and would only remove one or two suspicious lesions. You m ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
30min: If only the local anesthesia is used, it will take about 30 min. Ent is one of the specialist that does it.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu answered
24 years experience Endocrinology
Can minimize pain: Since a biopsy involves the use of a sharp instrument to sample a body tissue, it cannot be truly pain-free unless you are under anesthesia (which is ... Read More

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