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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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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How do I get a fine needle biopsy on thyroid nodule-- help?

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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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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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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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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Do all thyroid nodules require a fine needle aspiration biopsy?

Do all thyroid nodules require a fine needle aspiration biopsy?

No, but: That's a very complicated question. The short answer is no, but the nuances of which thyroid nodule to biopsy and when are complex and beyond the context of this forum. ...Read more

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Thyroid Nodules 3.6 left 3.4 right Is a needle biopsy practical at this size? Should we just schedule removal of the thyroid.

Thyroid Nodules  3.6 left  3.4 right  Is a needle biopsy practical at this size? Should we just schedule removal of the thyroid.

Big nodules: Hi. Those are big nodules. They should only have FNAB done if you plan to NOT remove them if they're benign. If they're bugging you and you want them out even if they're benign, then you can skip FNAB. ...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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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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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 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 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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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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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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. 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