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A 33-year-old female asked:

1.5mm (yes, tiny) thyroid nodule found on ultrasound. not characterized in any way except "solid nodule". possible to biopsy at this stage?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Benjamin
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Follow it: Even if it is a cancer, it's probably not going to kill you. People don't like this message, but we do have an overdiagnosis problem in thyroid cancer. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/health/study-warns-against-overdiagnosis-of-thyroid-cancer.html 1.5mm can probably be biopsied but consider following it and biopsy if it changes.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 54 years experience
Nodule too tiny: Biopsy of a 1.5 mm thyroid nodule would be difficult. Most biopsies occur when nodules reach a size of 1.0 to 1.5 cm. You should have follow up ultrasound scan probably in 3 - 6 months.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2018

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