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How much time does it take to receive results from fine needle biopsy?

How much time does it take to receive results from fine needle biopsy?

1-2 days, typically: This answer is dependent on the kind of needle biopsy being performed. For instance, if it is a needle biopsy yielding cores of tissue (histology), then it usually takes 1-2 working days to get a final diagnosis. If it is a fine needle aspiration biopsy yielding fluid (cytology), the turnaround time may be shorter since fewer steps are necessary to prepare slides for microscopic examination. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Needle Biopsy (Definition)

A needle biopsy (or fine needle aspiration) is a procedure whereby a thin needle (similar to one the is used for drawing blood), is guided into a lesion and cells are obtained and then placed immediately onto a glass slide for evaluation under the microscope. Unlike a biopsy where "chunks" of tissue are obtained, a fna often obtains only several drops of fluid that ...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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Should my mom take us-guided fine needle biopsy for detection of a possible suspected gallbladder cancer?

Should my mom take us-guided fine needle biopsy for detection of a possible suspected gallbladder cancer?

Ask ?: I would always follow the advice of your doctors. But you may want to ask if their suspicion is high enough to just warrant a cholecystectomy. ...Read more

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I've had a fine needle biopsy of a lymph node behind my jaw. I was told preliminary results are normal but staining is still required. What is stain 4?

I've had a fine needle biopsy of a lymph node behind my jaw. I was told preliminary results are normal but staining is still required. What is stain 4?

Special tests: Routine processing of tissues and cells is generally completed in about 2 days. However, sometimes additional investigation is needed. A general term is special stains. It is a routine and usually needed process for some tissues, especially lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to get a pathology report back from a fine needle biopsy or the breast?

How long does it usually take to get a pathology report back from a fine needle biopsy or the breast?

Usually 1-2 days: Depending on the time of day and the schedule of the lab technicians, preliminary FNA results could be available as early as the next day. ...Read more

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How accurate is a fine needle biopsy?

Very Accurate: An article from baylor in 2000 looked at more than 6000 patients who underwent thyroid fna biopsy. Sensitivity and specificity values of thyroid fna were 93% and 96%. The current nci classification: 1) nondiagnostic fna samples, 2) benign lesions, 3) malignant lesions, 4 atypia/follicular lesion of undetermined significance, 5) suspicious for a follicular lesion. Most common result benign. ...Read more

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What does a fine needle biopsy feel like?

A pin prick: Most fnaers numb the area on the skin above a thyroid nodule with xylocaine (lidocaine) using a very fine grade needle so that the larger needle will not be felt. ...Read more

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What should I expect with a fine needle biopsy ?

What should I expect with a fine needle biopsy ?

Benign or malignant: An fna of a thyroid nodule can tell with great accuracy whether the nodule is cancerous and what type of cancer it is. ...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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Has anyone had a fine needle biopsy of a nodule?

Has anyone had a fine needle biopsy of a  nodule?

Yes: It is a relatively painless technique for diagnosing a nodule. Depending upon the location of the nodule, it is often combined with a radiologic method to confirm correct needle placement, ie, ultrasound, ct. The main drawback is that it only yields cells for evaluation; core needle biopsy will obtain tissue but some nodules are too vascular to permit a core biopsy, ie, thyroid nodules. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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