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how long to get results from fna biopsy of thyroid

A 43-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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Why?: Unless it represents a danger like cancer, or is a severe physical or cosmetic problem, why remove an organ "prophylactically"/ if that were true, why ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Generally great: The worst kind of thyroid cancer is anaplastic-- the survival is short, usually months. For all other kinds, as long as the thyroid cancer hasn't spr ... Read More
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Dr. Edward Seegers
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Thyroid nodule: hello - heres everything you ever needed to know about thyroid nodules from the group of your choice: http://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patie ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: a biopsy is the only way I know to confirm whether an abnormal lump is cancerous/malignant or non cancerous/benign. Sometimes when taking a biopsy th ... Read More
A female asked:
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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A female asked:
Dr. Peter Sadow
16 years experience Pathology
Yes: A second opinion is generally very helpful.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: If there are doubts about the biopsy, and it's clear that the lesion was sampled by the operator, then get two more pathologists to look at the slide.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Thyroid biopsy: Hard to answer. No test is perfect. With an ultrasound-guided needle bx, the pathologist looks at the sample of cells that he gets. He may not get a ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Unrelated: Unrelated tests or procedures. Hida scan is radioisotope study for definition of gall bladder function. The isotope does not accumulate in thyroid gl ... Read More

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