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How long to get results from fna biopsy of thyroid

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
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
Dr. Aaron Shiloh
Aesthetic Medicine 28 years experience
Not necessary: You have a very common benign condition. While removing it "prophylacticly" may seem reasonable every single procedure or operation carries with it s... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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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
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 27 years experience
Excellent: Best to review with your treating surgeon, but with thyroidectomy, lymph node removal, sometimes radioactive iodine, most people are cured. Even in a ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
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
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Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
Yes: A second opinion is generally very helpful.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
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
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
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
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not the right test: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that.... Read More

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