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A 36-year-old female asked:

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

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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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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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A 41-year-old member asked:

How badly does a thyroid biopsy hurt?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Not bad: 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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Apr 29, 2018
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