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Is A Thyroid Nodule Fna Biopsy Painful
It varies: The level of discomfort experienced can vary considerably. Different people have different pain tolerance. Inflammatory nodules are likely to be more tender than cysts or tumors. Different doctors choose different size needles. Some use lidocaine, a local anesthetic, some do not. Most patients experience a level of pain similar to what they feel while getting an IV started. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Better to wait: Cytopathologists may preferr that you wait a couple of months if it is slightly suspicious but inconclusive. Inflammation can make interpretion harder. On the other hand, if the fna was nondiagnostic because of too few cells, it is desirable to repeat it within a reasonably short period of time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's your opinion on doing a fna biopsy on a thyroid nodule that is "ill-defined" and "hypervascular" but only 6 mm?
solid thyroid nodule was 3.3 last year now 3.5 cm. fna biopsy normal in 2011. should i be concern. endo said see me one yr with ultrasound. worried?
Thyroid nodule: You already know that the nodule was benign in 2011. 3.3 vs 3.5 cm is basically the same. Since you had the ultrasound, you should see your endo, and probably get new set of thyroid tests, but it does not need to be urgent if you are feeling well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
What's your question: It's a procedure performed all the time. ...Read more