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Thyroid biopsy cold nodule showed Follicular cells 2x4cm. Being sent out for generic testing? Will this show if it's benign?

Thyroid nodules: This is a good question and not totally resolved in the thyroid cancer field. On needle aspiration, it is often impossible to distinguish between a follicular adenoma (benign) or follicular cancer. The genetic tests theoretically help make the distinction. But they are not perfect. Many doctors would send you to a good thyroid surgeon and remove a 2x4 cm thyroid nodule with follicular cells. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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Non-diagnostic on my thyroid biopsy, few benign squamous epithelial cells & small amount of colloid. No thyroid epithelial cells are seen? Am i ok?

Non-diagnostic on my thyroid biopsy, few benign squamous epithelial cells & small amount of colloid. No thyroid epithelial cells are seen? Am i ok?

Rebiopsy: Discuss this with your doctor but most likely you will need to do it again. This is not uncommon. Occur approx 12% of the time per national statistic. It could happen to anyone, even the best biopsy doctor. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I had a thyroid biopsy of a single nodule which shows dysplasia. Could it still be cancer if it shows precancerous cells on biopsy?

I had a thyroid biopsy of a single nodule which shows dysplasia. Could it still be cancer if it shows precancerous cells on biopsy?

It could be: Thyroid nodules are quite common. Many of them are benign but cancer is not uncommon in the thyroid gland. The needle biopsy can misread them. So the safest course is to have excision removal anytime there is suspicion like in your case: dysplasia, usually implies abnormal cells which can be cancerous. ...Read more

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It's been over a year since my last thyroid biopsy it came back with hurthle cells calcification and hypervascular but benign .Second opinion ?

It's been over a year since my last thyroid biopsy it came back with hurthle cells calcification and hypervascular  but benign .Second opinion ?

Follow up: You need to have a repeat ultrasound to see if the nodule has changed since the last biopsy. If it's the same or getting smaller, you don't need to have another biopsy. I recommend seeing the doctor who did the original biopsy. That person knows your history and will be able to follow this nodule for you. The choice to seek a second opinion is always yours but i'm not sure it's needed at this time. ...Read more

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My thyroid biopsy results shows a benign follicular nodule with colloid, blood and few hurthle cells. Should i be concerned with the hurthle cells?

My thyroid biopsy results shows a benign follicular nodule with colloid, blood and few hurthle cells. Should i be concerned with the hurthle cells?

Cautious yes: Hurtle ( Hurthle ) cell neoplasia (HCN ) seen in both in benign adenoma and malignant . In your case is in a benign follicular adenoma , due their erratic behavior most will treat them aggressively by removal . Speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Pathology cytology report of Left thyroid biopsy says NO malignant cells... changes suggestive of Colloid nodule/ nodular Goiter. What's next?

MNG + cyst: Hello ~ this is a nodule in MNG (multi-nodular goitre). Previously thought to have no risk of Ca and DOMINANT nodule to have 1% risk and solitary nodule 10% risk. Retrospective studies now show up to 13.7% risk of cancer overall in MNG. Thats high. I would see a surgeon to discuss if this warrants thyroidectomy. thanks ...Read more

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How painful is thyroid biopsy?

Depends: Usually throud biopsies are not painful. The doctor will numb the skin over the site of biopsy and use very skinny needles to perform the biopsy. Occasionally, when there is an inflammatory condition in the thyroid the biopsies can be uncomfortable. ...Read more

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How much pain from a thyroid biopsy?

How much pain from a thyroid biopsy?

Not much: Most thyroid biopsies are done with small needles - smaller than the needles used for blood draw. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid
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Thyroid Biopsy (Definition)

Thyroid glands can develop nodules and an important way to determine whether the nodule is cancerous is a needle biopsy. This is done under ultrasound guidance and uses a very fine needle. The procedure in not as bad as it may sound and is done as an outpatient. It is best done by someone who does this all the time so that adequate material is ...Read more


Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more