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I have a dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. What does this mean?

I have a dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. What does this mean?

FNA: FNA - fine needle aspiration, is a procedure where a thin needle is inserted directly into the thyroid nodule. Cells from the nodule are aspirated and put on glass slides and stained. The slides are looked at under the microscope and a diagnosis is given. The procedure is usually done after the skin has been numbed up with local anesthesia. Depending on the diagnosis, surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

Percutaneous (Definition)

In surgery, percutaneous pertains to any medical procedure where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an "open" approach where inner organs or tissue are exposed (typically with the use of a scalpel). The percutaneous approach is commonly used in vascular procedures. This involves a needle catheter getting access ...Read more


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Being dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. Can you explain what this means?

Being dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. Can you explain what this means?

Thyroid nodule: The likelihood of any thyroid nodule being a cancer is low, but like any cancer it is important to recognize early and get treatment. A thyroid fine needle biopsy may be needed to get a sample of the nodule to see what it is. Presumably, you had a thyroid image (ultrasound, ct). It is important not just to get a test, but to see a doctor who knows about these things (an endocrinologist). ...Read more

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Does it hurt to have a thyroid needle biopsy done?

Does it hurt to have a thyroid needle biopsy done?

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. ...Read more

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What is some advice on what to expect during and after thyroid needle biopsy?

What is some advice on what to expect during and after thyroid needle biopsy?

Generally benign: May or may not numb up the skin before inserting a thin needed through the skin into your thyroid and sucking out cells and fluid. You should discuss this in advance with whomever is scheduled to perform your biopsy. ...Read more

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What is a benign fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

What is a benign fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

Not cancer: A fine needle biopsy is a procedure in which needles are inserted through the skin and into the thyroid to obtain samples of cells of a nodule to look for cancer cells. Benign means no cancer. ...Read more

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What to expect with a fine needle biopsy of my thyroid?

What to expect with a fine needle biopsy of my thyroid?

Screening test: A fine needle aspirate is usually done if there is a nodule in the gland. It provides a limited sample but can be diagnostic depending on the cause of the nodule. It may show just fluid, if the nodule is a cyst to showing cancer cells if the nodule is cancer. A negative test does not rule out disease due to limited sampling. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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Whats invovled during a fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

Whats invovled during a  fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

This is how I do it: After local anesthesia is given (an injection just under the skin), a very fine needle is guided into the thyroid nodule through ultrasound visualization. I repeat the needle pass 4 times. Each pass only lasts for a few seconds. It is very well tolerated and it takes 20 minutes or so in all. There are no special precautions after the biopsy, other than wearing a band-aid for 2-3 hours. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of a benign fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

Thyroid FNA: Assuming the fna sample was adequate and representative of the lesion, a diagnosis of a benign nodule means that it is very likely that your thyroid nodule is not cancerous. It should still be periodically evaluated by your doctor, just to make sure that there are no significant changes. ...Read more

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What should I expect with a fine needle biopsy of my thyroid? What are the possible tumors or results?

What should I expect with a fine needle biopsy of my thyroid?  What are the possible tumors or results?

Well tolerated: Many times we biopsy nodules seen on ultrasound. Most are benign. If a cancer is seen, most of the time it is papillary, and treatable with thyroidectomy and lymph node removal. There can be follicular cells seen, which usually results in removal of one side of the thyroid, as you can't tell for sure if its noncancerous follicular cells on fna. Rarely, they dont get enough cells to tell. ...Read more

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Thyroid Nodules 3.6 left 3.4 right Is a needle biopsy practical at this size? Should we just schedule removal of the thyroid.

Thyroid Nodules  3.6 left  3.4 right  Is a needle biopsy practical at this size? Should we just schedule removal of the thyroid.

Big nodules: Hi. Those are big nodules. They should only have FNAB done if you plan to NOT remove them if they're benign. If they're bugging you and you want them out even if they're benign, then you can skip FNAB. ...Read more

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3days ago i had thyroid biopsy.Stil hurts when i swallow, move neck and touch it.Like being poked with a needle.Normal?How long will it last?

A week or more: I presume that this was a needle bioopsy of the thyroid. I should heal in less than a week. Occasionally, a small amount of bleeding occurs where the biopsy needly was inserted. This can prolong the discomfort for an additional week. If the discomfort is decreasing, even if slowly, it's ok. If it is increasing, chek with the doctor who did the biopsy. ...Read more

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A 2.3 CM solid nodule found on my thyroid on left lobe. No needle biopsy yet. Can I have the nodule only removed? Or is lobe removal the only way?

A 2.3 CM solid nodule found on my thyroid on left lobe. No needle biopsy yet. Can I have the nodule only removed?  Or is lobe removal the only way?

Thyroid nodules: If your thyroid nodule requires removal, the nodule can be removed, not the entire lobe. The nodule can be benign and may not need removal. Seek consultation from a good ENT or endocrinological surgeon for this. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how much a fine needle biopsy on a thyroid gland will hurt?

I DO!!!: I have performed many thyroid fine-needle biopsies and have had more than a few biopsies of my own thyroid. To be honest, it hurt more than i expected when i had my first biopsy because i didn't anticipate that the thyroid has pain fibers (it does). However, the pain is very short-lasting and, as a typical low-pain threshold man/doctor, if i can handle it... ...Read more

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I would like fine needle biopsy on thyroid nodule-- help?

If doctor recommends: Thyroid nodules are very common and don't necessarily have to be biopsied, especially if small and dont have concerning ultrasound features. The issue of which nodules to biopsy is a controversial one, best left up to your doctor. The fna of a nodule is a common procedure and done with only a tiny needle, so do not worry if you have to have this done. ...Read more

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How do I get a fine needle biopsy on thyroid nodule-- help?

Thyroid needle bx: You may need an Endocrinologist. Do you need a biopsy? Presumably you have an enlarged thyroid/nodules. A thyroid u/s is very sensitive at picking up even insignificant nodules. Fibrosis from Hashimotos doesn't need a bx. An Endocrinologist who does U/S guided biopsies is the best choice, but if none are available, some radiologists do this, but the interpretation can be tricky. ...Read more

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I need a fine needle biopsy on thyroid nodule. What can I expect from the procedure?

Usually ultrasound: Image-guided, minimally invasive procedures of thyroid most often performed by trained radiologist with experience in needle aspirations and ultrasound.Needle biopsies are usually done on an outpatient.May or may not numb area.Transducer over skin. Soreness for 1- 2 days.Physician inserts fine gauge needle through the skin and advances it into the thyroid nodule. Samples of cells are obtained. ...Read more

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PTH 66 calcium 10.2. had 4 nodules on thyroid in September now have 6, 2 visible and feel able. Primary care want to do needle biopsy.

Thyroid nodules: When there are multiple nodules in the thyroid (called "multinodular goiter") it is usually a benign condition but sometimes if there can be a malignant nodule hidden among the other nodules. Other tests that would be helpful would be a TSH and possibly a thyroid scan. A needle biopsy normally is only done if there is some suspicion that one of the nodules is not benign ...Read more

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Some calcification on lower right thyroid with a 3.2x1.7cm mass beside it. Are my chances of cancer greater with this? Needle biopsy next week.

FNA needed: Calcifications themselves do not necessarily mean that there is cancer. The best course of action is to proceed with the fna (fine needle aspiration or needle biopsy) that you are scheduled to have. ...Read more

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My dad has a large mass on thyroid. Doctor says not goiter, wants to do biopsy. Dad scared of needles & so he says "it's nothing". Should we insist?

YES, insist!: Hi. Yes, if it's a large thyroid nodule, unless he is hyperthyroid, it needs to have a fine needle aspiration biopsy for cytology (and gene testing, if available). Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away. His doctor should check TSH and free T4, and if normal, get FNA biopsy. If he's hyperthyroid, on the other hand, he should have scan & uptakes, then treatment for hyperthyroidism. Insist! ...Read more

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Do all thyroid nodules require a fine needle aspiration biopsy?

Do all thyroid nodules require a fine needle aspiration biopsy?

No, but: That's a very complicated question. The short answer is no, but the nuances of which thyroid nodule to biopsy and when are complex and beyond the context of this forum. ...Read more

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Is a needle sedation in the throat for a thyroid biopsy (before the procedure begins) the normal way to go. I am healthy 74 year old woman)?

Is a needle sedation in the throat for a thyroid biopsy (before the procedure begins) the normal way to go. I am healthy 74 year old woman)?

Thyroid: I think you are asking if local anesthesia (numbing medication) given by an injection is used before a thyroid needle biopsy. I always do but some of my colleagues do not. Suggest you ask before scheduling an appointment. ...Read more

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For a thryoid biopsy is needle inserted below neck am having needle biopsy of thryoid nodule and want to know where needle is inserted - below neck?

Above collar bones: The thyroid usually lies between the adam's apple & the collar bones. For an fna, or needle biopsy, the needle goes the skin as close as possible to the nodule. (for example, it might go in right next to the ultrasound probe in this picture). ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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


Dr. Harinder Gill
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Thyroid (Definition)

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