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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

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Multinodular goiter dx. Us biopsy of thyroid- benign. What's the treatment for goiter? history of cancer- can't i just get it removed prophylacticly?

Multinodular goiter dx. Us biopsy of thyroid- benign. What's the treatment for goiter? history of cancer- can't i just get it removed prophylacticly?

Not necessary: You have a very common benign condition. While removing it "prophylacticly" may seem reasonable every single procedure or operation carries with it significant risk such as bleeding, infection, damage to adjacent structures, etc... So you and your doctors need to weigh the risk and benefit of this procedure. Under the circumstances few would agree to remove. ...Read more

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If I have biopsy of thyroid with cancer, what are my chances of survival?

If I have biopsy of thyroid with cancer, what are my chances of survival?

Generally great: The worst kind of thyroid cancer is anaplastic-- the survival is short, usually months. For all other kinds, as long as the thyroid cancer hasn't spread to other organs, the survival is very favorable. Most patients end up dying *with* thyroid cancer, and not *from* thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Has Amer thyroid ass. changed guidelines for biopsy of thyroid nod. to greater than 1.5 cm for complex nod, cystic/solid hetero, no calci.?

Has Amer thyroid ass. changed guidelines for biopsy of thyroid nod. to greater than 1.5 cm for complex nod, cystic/solid hetero, no calci.?

Thyroid nodule: hello - heres everything you ever needed to know about thyroid nodules from the group of your choice: http://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/Nodules_brochure.pdf thanks ...Read more

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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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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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Is it common to have a fine needle biopsy of thyroid nodules before surgery?

Is it common to have a fine needle biopsy of thyroid nodules before surgery?

FNA helps: Fna (fine needle aspiration, i.e. Needle biopsy) helps by clarifying what type of cells are present in a thyroid nodule. The typically can come back as either a) cancerous, b) benign or c) can't tell for sure. It will help your surgeon come up with a surgical plan that best fits you. ...Read more

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Why would lymp node become swollen and hurt when breathing and moving under chin area in neck after fine needle biopsy of thyroid.

Why would lymp node become swollen  and hurt when breathing and moving under chin area in neck after fine needle biopsy of thyroid.

Lymph mode swollen: Lymph nodes under the chin drain generally from the oral cavity. I would not immediately suspect that is related to your thyroid biopsy. It could be related to something going on in the mouth, teeth, or a coincidental occurrence. If it becomes increasingly tender and swollen, you should see an ENT doctor soon. ...Read more

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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

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


Dr. Susan Wingo
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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