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Why do I need another ultrasound after biopsy for thyroid nodule?

Why do I need another ultrasound after biopsy for thyroid nodule?

If it was inconclusi: If it wasn't a good sample, was inconclusive, or another biopsy needs to be done to obtain tissue for an afirma genetic assay. Ask your doctor. Biopsies cannot 100% prove the absence of cancer. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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I have a 5 CM thyroid nodule w/ blood flow, report says needs biopsy, what does this mean?

I have a 5 CM thyroid nodule w/ blood flow, report says needs biopsy, what does this mean?

Needle biopsy : Nodules of that size can be biopsied using a technique called fine needle aspiration. The skin over the nodule is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, usually with ultrasound guidance, a needle is passed through the skin into the nodule. A small sample is taken and then analyzed under a microscope. ...Read more

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Why do I need another ultrasound after biopsy for thyroid nodule i had an ultrasound ten days ago?

Why do I need another ultrasound after biopsy for thyroid nodule i had an ultrasound ten days ago?

No: Not unless there has been a significant clinical change or another biopsy is required. Repeat biopsy will be necessary at intervals to evaluate progress and possible therapies. ...Read more

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I'm 28 years old, had a thyroid nodule for 2 years. Finally got a biopsy. How likely is it to be cancer?

I'm 28 years old, had a thyroid nodule for 2 years. Finally got a biopsy. How likely is it to be cancer?

Likelihood: depends on size, whether it is solid, cystic, or complex, whether or not it is a "cold" nodule, and a lot of other things. Even if it is thyroid cancer, most of these are successfully treated with surgery with or without radiotherapy. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with multiple thyroid nodules and going back to talk about options or biopsy. What options are there other than biopsy?

Diagnosed with multiple thyroid nodules and going back to talk about options or biopsy. What options are there other than biopsy?

Several options: Belfry: the fact that there are multiple nodules means that it is likely a benign multinodular goiter. Sometimes these are just watched with serial ultrasound exams as well as following your bloodwork. A biopsy is a fine needle aspiration and is minimally invasive. It is well-tolerated and you should do it if there is an atypical or dominant nodule that stands out from the rest. ...Read more

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Complex thyroid nodule biopsied said to be benign... Now regardless of the diagnosis... Could it be possible that nodule is cancerous and biopsy missed it?

Complex thyroid nodule biopsied said to be benign... Now regardless of the diagnosis... Could it be possible that nodule is cancerous and biopsy missed it?

Possibly: Thyroid nodules are notoriously difficult to interpret biopsy results, because the nodules themselves are often "complex" meaning non-uniform, and thus one portion may look benign while the other malignant, . ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule stable. What if I refuse a biopsy? Dont want cost or risk

Ok to refuse: If the thyroid nodule is stable like you said, there is no need for a repeat biopsy (unless the last one didn't get enough materials or if your doctor was concerned about something with the last biopsy). Discuss this thoroughly with your physician. As long as you continue to follow the nodule, you will be able to intervene sooner if something changes. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid nodule biopsy results ever be wrong?

Can a thyroid nodule biopsy results ever be wrong?

Yes: In general, if a nodule is very large, there is a higher chance that it can be called benign although it still could be cancerous because not all of the nodule is typically cancerous. You could have one little speck of cancer that hide within the big mass and a biopsy could miss it because we can't "poke" you forever. However, if a biopsy came back "cancerous", it almost always is true. ...Read more

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Does a solid 1.1 CM thyroid nodule need to be biopsy?

Does a solid 1.1 CM thyroid nodule need to be biopsy?

Yes: Solid nodules carry the risk of being thyroid cancer (although certainly most solid thyroid nodules are not cancer). Because of the risk, you should have a biopsy done (most can be done using a very thin needle while an ultrasound is being done). ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule, blood and biopsy fine.What the next step.

Thyroid nodule, blood and biopsy fine.What the next step.

Good: Now relax, and go for your doctors regular scheduled follow up appointments. ...Read more

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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more