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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Needle Biopsy (Overview)

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 contain cells for evaluation.


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Is the recovery time after needle biopsy long?

Is the recovery time after needle biopsy long?

Typically not: The risks of complications does however depend on what is being biopsied. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Needle Biopsy (Overview)

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 contain cells for evaluation.


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What is the definition or description of: needle biopsy?

FNA: 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 contain cells for evaluation. ...Read more

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Needle biopsy? How does a needle biopsy work? Why would some one get a needle biopsy?

Needle biopsy? How does a needle biopsy work?  Why would some one get a needle biopsy?

Needle Biopsy.: Large bor needle is inserted into the object of interest then removed with a piece of tissue remaining inside the needle. A needle biopsy is cheaper, faster, generally safer and sometimes the only alternative to major surgery. In medicine we always try to do the least invasive and dangerous test first. ...Read more

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I have a tiny hole where the needle biopsy was performed. It's been months but the hole hasn't healed. It's really a tiny hole, its quiet strange. ?

It'll stay: Scar contracts and this is why you will have this little mark. This is common and depending on the site can be the norm. At surgery or autopsy, old biopsy sites can often be identified. It this truly bothers you and your friends, you can ask a plastic surgeon or dermatologist about a filler. I suspect instead that you're simply curious about healing -- that's a good thing. Cheers. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to have a thyroid needle biopsy done?

Does it hurt to have a thyroid needle biopsy done?

Like blood draw: Thyroid needle biosy is likely to hurt about as much as the pain associated with blood draw. Often a thinner needle is used for fna than for blood draw. ...Read more

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Is a lapriscopy biopsy usually more accurate than a needle biopsy?

Sometimes: It depends on what is being biopsied and the amount of tissue sent for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is some advice on what to expect during and after thyroid needle biopsy?

Generally benign: May or may not numb up the skin before inserting a thin needed through the skin into your thyroid and sucking out cells and fluid. You should discuss this in advance with whomever is scheduled to perform your biopsy. ...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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How accurate is a fine needle biopsy?

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

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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