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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is a needle sedation in the throat for a thyroid biopsy (before the procedure begins) the normal way to go. i am healthy 74 year old woman)?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
Local anesthesia: Usually only a local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and area immediately beneath. That's all that is generally required.
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Dr. Samer Nakhle
undefined 31 years experience
Typically this is an in-office procedure that does not require needle sedation. A topical analgesic is apply a few minutes before the biopsy
Mar 13, 2013
Dr. Stephanie Lee
42 years experience
Thyroid: I think you are asking if local anesthesia (numbing medication) given by an injection is used before a thyroid needle biopsy. I always do but some of my colleagues do not. Suggest you ask before scheduling an appointment.
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