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Slidell, LA
A 78-year-old female asked:

Thyroid biopsy was colloid only no follicular cells rad. suggests another biopsy dr recommends seeing a surgeron dr said another biopsy would be same

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Dr. Alan Feldman
43 years experience
No short answer: Seeing just colloid and no follicular cells on a thyroid biopsy usually means that the nodule was mostly cystic so that thyroid tissue was not removed. A repeat biopsy by an experienced physician directed at getting thyroid tissue and not fluid could be helpful. Most people in your age group do not need surgery for this biopsy result, but rather, periodic ultrasound to look for significant chang.
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional 35 years experience
Large amount of : Colloid suggests that the lesion is benign. Some pathologists will call a colloid sample benign without seeing follicular cells. The easiest thing to do is repeat biopsy with a pathologist or cytopathology tech present. I perform a thyroid ultrasound guided biopsy almost every day, and routinely have pathology present to improve success rate. Good luck.
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Last updated Mar 10, 2013


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