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Dr. Addagada Rao
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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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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Mary David
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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. Susan Wingo
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How long does it take to know results of your thyroid biopsy?

How long does it take to know results of your thyroid biopsy?

Can vary: It depends upon where it is sent & how much testing is done. In-town pathologists will usually give an report in 1-3 working days; out-of-town pathologists in 2-5 working days. If genetic analysis is being done as well, this can take 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradford Mitchell
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Is it good to get a second opinion on your results of your thyroid biopsy?

Is it good to get a second opinion on your results of your thyroid biopsy?

It depends: Thyroid cytology requires expertise in some cases. If you are not sure of the expertise of the person reading the cytology you should ask for a second opinion. If you just dont like the conclusion, but they are expert, then you need to have an expert surgeon or endocrinologist who will take the time to explain why the treatment is appropriate and safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Caroline Messer
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Can you take Advil before thyroid biopsy?

Yes, but better not: Hi, i will perform an fna even if the patient has taken advil recently, but i prefer that patients take tylenol rather than Ibuprofen both before and after the biopsy if necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Shapiro
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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?

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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Can taking a prescription anti-inflammatory medicine (Mobic) interfere with thyroid biopsy (FNA) results? Or a daily allergy pill (Claritin)?

Can taking a prescription anti-inflammatory medicine (Mobic) interfere with thyroid biopsy (FNA) results? Or a daily allergy pill (Claritin)?

No: If there are doubts about the biopsy, and it's clear that the lesion was sampled by the operator, then get two more pathologists to look at the slide. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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How badly does a thyroid biopsy hurt?

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. ...Read more

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Anything help soothing the pain after a thyroid biopsy?

Anything help soothing the pain after a thyroid biopsy?

Yes: You should not have a lot of pain after a thyroid biopsy. Usually tylenol, non-steroidal antiinflammatory meds (ibuprofen, aleeve) is enough to take care of the pain. ...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


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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


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