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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. Jan Lei Iwata
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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

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

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 does fine needle biopsy of the breast tell you?

What does fine needle biopsy of the breast tell you?

Cancer or not: A fine needle biopsy of the breast is done when there is a lump or bump the surgeon can feel. A hollow needle is put into the lump to get some cells, which are then looked at under the microscope. If there is a cancer, the fine needle biopsy might diagnose it, but it's not 100%. Other things such as fibrocystic breast disease or fibroadenoma (benign lump) can be diagnosed this way. ...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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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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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 does a breast fine needle biopsy feel like?

What does a breast fine needle biopsy feel like?

Minimal pain: A fine needle biopsy is performed with a needle about the same size as is used to draw blood and it hurts only a little bit more. Many surgeons, such as myself, will use local anesthesia to decrease this pain further. Nowadays, it is much more common to have a core needle biopsy, which will give us a lot more information with only a little more discomfort. ...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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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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Is is usually not needed to continue to monitor an unchanged thryoid nodule found a few years ago if fine needle biopsy looked normal then & now?

Monitor needed: I would space out the frequency of monitoring but it should continued to be monitored, even if it was negative in biopsy in the past. I would not biopsy it again if it doesn't in size but the only way to know that is to follow it with serial ultrasound. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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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Fine needle biopsy confirmed chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis but all blood work in normal ranges. Will i still possibly have symptoms?

Fine needle biopsy confirmed chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis but all blood work in normal ranges. Will i still possibly have symptoms?

Possibly: But they should not be significant. Hypothyroidism, if it develops, can cause further symptoms, but they are easily relieved by the appropriate amount of brand name T4 replacement. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it more painful to have a core needle biopsy of three different spots than only one? What about the recovery? It takes more time?

Is it more painful to have a core needle biopsy of three different spots than only one? What about the recovery? It takes more time?

Biopsy: Logically you may expect more discomfort from 3 pokes than from a single one. But nowdays biopsies are done under some anesthesia, so there is a good chance amount of pain will be minimal either way. Recovery is usually minimal, however, it depends on what organ is biopsied. I wish it goes well for you and nothing bad is found. ...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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Is a fine needle or excisional biopsy better to diagnose lymphoma?

Is a fine needle or excisional biopsy better to diagnose lymphoma?

Excisional: Excisional biopsy is more accurate for diagnosis of lymphoma, because the samples are much larger. Fine needle aspiration (fna) can make the diagnosis, and is much less invasive - however, the sample is much smaller, and can miss the involved portion of the lymph node. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a mammo ultrasound fine needle aperation now they want me to have a ultrasound guided biopsy I'm scre?

Biopsy: The fine needle aspiration may have been indeterminate. The core biopsy will provide a better specimen for the pathologist to examine. If the fine needle showed a cancer, you would be going for surgical excision. ...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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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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Is breast needle biopsy safe, and how many biopsies can they take from one breast?

Safe: It is very safe. Less than 1% complication rate(infection, bleeding). Multiple biopsies can be performed, , usually between 3-10 samples taken ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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