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A 45-year-old member asked:

Does it hurt to have a thyroid needle biopsy done?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Depends: It depends on your pain threshold but in general, it is not more than getting your lab draw, it's just intimidating because it's a needle in the neck. It's easy enough that some docs don't even need to give you numbing medication.
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Little uncomfortable: The needle inserted into the thyroid nodule is tiny. It usually doesn't hurt, though many people will feel a referred discomfort to the inside of their ear on the same side the needle enters the thyroid while it's in there. This lasts only seconds and immediately goes away once the needle comes out.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Like blood draw: Thyroid needle biosy is likely to hurt about as much as the pain associated with blood draw. Often a thinner needle is used for fna than for blood draw.
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A 36-year-old female asked:

Does a needle biopsy of thyroid hurt ? Does it take long?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
42 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 usually uses an 18 gauge needle (lower gauge means larger needle). Usually local anesthesia is used so there should be very little discomfort. The actual biopsy only takes a few seconds for each needle pass (typically 4 passes are done).
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Last updated Aug 27, 2021

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