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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the meaning of a benign fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 55 years experience
A great deal: If the fna was of a nodule and the specimen is adequate for a cytopathologist to read there is a great likelyhood that you do not have a cancer. Ask the person who did the fna exactly what he/she meant by "benign".
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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology 32 years experience
Thyroid FNA: Assuming the fna sample was adequate and representative of the lesion, a diagnosis of a benign nodule means that it is very likely that your thyroid nodule is not cancerous. It should still be periodically evaluated by your doctor, just to make sure that there are no significant changes.
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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 55 years experience
Periodic evaluation by palpation or ultrasound - NOT another FNA if the first was really adequate and benign. The risk of malignant transformation is less then 1%
Dec 17, 2012

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Whats invovled during a fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

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Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
This is how I do it: After local anesthesia is given (an injection just under the skin), a very fine needle is guided into the thyroid nodule through ultrasound visualization. I repeat the needle pass 4 times. Each pass only lasts for a few seconds. It is very well tolerated and it takes 20 minutes or so in all. There are no special precautions after the biopsy, other than wearing a band-aid for 2-3 hours.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do I get a fine needle biopsy on thyroid nodule-- help?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 44 years experience
Thyroid needle bx: You may need an Endocrinologist. Do you need a biopsy? Presumably you have an enlarged thyroid/nodules. A thyroid u/s is very sensitive at picking up even insignificant nodules. Fibrosis from Hashimotos doesn't need a bx. An Endocrinologist who does U/S guided biopsies is the best choice, but if none are available, some radiologists do this, but the interpretation can be tricky.
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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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many ENT-head and neck surgeons who perform thyroid surgery, also perform FNA bx of Thyroid nodules.
Aug 30, 2014
A 46-year-old member asked:

I need a fine needle biopsy on thyroid nodule. What can I expect from the procedure?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Usually ultrasound: Image-guided, minimally invasive procedures of thyroid most often performed by trained radiologist with experience in needle aspirations and ultrasound.Needle biopsies are usually done on an outpatient.May or may not numb area.Transducer over skin. Soreness for 1- 2 days.Physician inserts fine gauge needle through the skin and advances it into the thyroid nodule. Samples of cells are obtained.
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