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What's the point in doing a fine needle aspiration on swollen cervical lymph nodes if the sensitivity is less than 99 percent?

What's the point in doing a fine needle aspiration on swollen cervical lymph nodes if the sensitivity is less than 99 percent?

FNA: Fine needle aspiration (FNA) can rule out cancer. Your age group, there are less chances that it is cancerous. FNA procedure is easy and can be done as outpatient procedure. If FNA result comes out as reactive, inflammatory or infective in nature, then you don't have to undergo surgical procedure and you can be treated accordingly. Even lymphoma, metastatic malignant tumor can be diagnosed. ...Read more

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Aspiration (Definition)

1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction. 2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath. 3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and ...Read more


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Does a fine needle aspiration biopsy hurt much?

Does a fine needle aspiration biopsy hurt much?

No: If done well, for superficial sites it is generally less uncomfortable than a blood draw. For deeper sites, local anesthetic is used ( about a s bad as getting "numbed" for the dentist. Soreness afterward is generally minimal. ...Read more

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What is testicular fine needle aspiration cytology?

It is a type of Biop: It is a test done to examine the cells contained in a lump or mass . This is one way to check a lump for Cancer. It is the least invasive test because it uses a very thin/fine needle to pull out a few cells and check if they are normal or abnormal(cancerous). ...Read more

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I was wondering if a core biopsy was done rather than a fine needle aspiration because it's solid?

I was wondering if a core biopsy was done rather than a fine needle aspiration because it's solid?

No: Fine needle aspiration (fna) biopsies can be performed on either solid or cystic masses. An fna yields cells/cellular clusters, while a tissue core provides a glimpse of how the cells interact with surrounding tissue. In certain situations, observation of that interaction provides the pathologist with enough information to specifically diagnose a tumor versus a more general diagnosis (with fna). ...Read more

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Does a fine needle aspiration hurt the breast?

Does a fine needle aspiration hurt the breast?

Minimally invasive: Fine needle biopsy is the least traumatic way to get a true tissue diagnosis of an abnormality. If done properly there is little tissue trauma and rarely leaves a detectable mark. Little, if any sign of trauma is usually seen even after just a few days after fna under the microscope in cases that get surgery quickly after fna. ...Read more

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What to expect when going for a fine needle aspiration biopsy of the breast?

What to expect when going for a fine needle aspiration biopsy of the breast?

Fast result: It is fast and informative procedure, not very painful in good hands. Smears can show benign or malignant findings. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fine needle aspiration?

What is the definition or description of: fine needle aspiration?

Checking the cells: Fine needle aspiration or fna in brief is a procedure that the health care provider inserts a small needle in the tissue of concern in your body and withdraws some cells (or fluid). Usually they send these cells on slides and/or in a special preservative to the lab for cytology diagnosis. If the aspiration was from a cyst and the fluid appeared benign to the provider it may be discarded. ...Read more

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What are the side-effects of Fine needle aspiration?

FNA complications: FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration) can be complicated locally by external or internal bleeding (hematoma) and depending on the location of the aspirated lesion one might develop air in the chest cavity(pneumothorax), perforating of the bowel(peritonitis), blood in the urine or stool, infected biopsy site with spread to the blood, and pain. Most FNA's have minimal complications other than minor pain. ...Read more

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Fine needle aspiration of the thyroid? Done under local?

Fine needle aspiration of the thyroid? Done under local?

Depends: Depends on the physician doing the biopsy. It's a simple procedure. Some physicians use local anesthetic, some use Ethyl Chloride (cold spray), some use nothing at all. Call the physician's office to find out ahead of time how he/she does it so you can anticipate. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration?

Gets tissue sample: This technique uses a non invasive ultrasound machine to see where the needle is traveling in the body in order to obtain a sample of tissue. Aspiration usually refers to obtaining fluid from a joint or a mass (cyst) in the body. ...Read more

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I am getting a fine needle aspiration. If it were cancerous, would the ca 125 come out normal?

I am getting a fine needle aspiration. If it were cancerous, would the ca 125 come out normal?

No: A needle aspiration sucks some cells from a tumor such as ovary. The Ca125 is a Carbohydrate marker present in the tumor which can be elevated in ovarian cancer, an inflammatory process of the ovary as well as cirrhosis of the liver. It only serves to monitor a disease like ovary cancer. If the marker drops treatment is working. If elelvated the treatment is not effective. Bx has no effect. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ct-guided fine needle aspiration?

Minimally invasive: A ct guided fine needle biopsy is performed by an interventional radiologist and in ideal situation will have a cytopathologist evaluating the samples at the bed side. The ct is used to guide the needle to the target to acquire a sample. It is usually done with local but sedation can be used . In the right hands it is a very high yield test. Ask your team what their success rate is! ...Read more

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What is Fine needle aspiration good for?

Lots of things: It is a great way of telling exactly what a mass is, without having to make a big invisible or do Seriius surgery. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of Fine needle aspiration?

Safe & convenient: When practiceable, it saves the cost, hazards, expense, and discomfort of surgery or a core biopsy. And answers are usually there in ten minutes ...Read more

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What are the complications of Fine needle aspiration?

FNA: Usual to minor medical procedures, but unlikely: infection, edema, bleeding, and local tissue damage. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a fine needle aspiration?

1-2 days: 1-2 days the most if you are very sensitive or you can straight can go to work even........ ...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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Fine needle aspiration of the thyroid that goes into my arm, but it's kind of weird getting one in your neck. Does this hurt?

A little: Its ok, it may pinch a little, and it feels scary to let someone poke your neck. Be sure that your doctor does alot of these types of biopsies, and you wil be in good hands. Trust your doctor. Also dont squirm and move. ...Read more

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A fine needle aspiration(fna) test of my thyroid nodule -(1.8cm) came back with "suspicious for malignancy" (category 5) result here in australia. My ?

A fine needle aspiration(fna) test of my thyroid nodule -(1.8cm) came back with "suspicious for malignancy" (category 5) result here in australia. My ?

Ask a Pathologist: Fine needle aspirations are difficult to interpret since the amount of tissue taken is very small. In your particular case the prase "suspicious for malignancy" is strongly suggestive of cancer by the pathologist. A final veredict would be to get another bigger sample or go for exploratory surgery with the intent to perform the subtotal thyroidectomy as a treatment for the cancer. Ask endocrine. ...Read more

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Fine Needle Aspiration (Definition)

Fine needle aspiration is when a doctor inserts a small needle into a part of the body to withdraw cells or fluid. This is typically done to capture a tissue sample to send to ...Read more