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Dr. David Sneid
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Thyroid Biopsy (Overview)

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 obtained for a diagnosis.


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How painful is thyroid biopsy?

How painful is thyroid biopsy?

Depends: Usually throud biopsies are not painful. The doctor will numb the skin over the site of biopsy and use very skinny needles to perform the biopsy. Occasionally, when there is an inflammatory condition in the thyroid the biopsies can be uncomfortable. ...Read more

Dr. David Sneid
68 doctors shared insights

Thyroid Biopsy (Overview)

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 obtained for a diagnosis.


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How much pain from a thyroid biopsy?

How much pain from a thyroid biopsy?

Not much: Most thyroid biopsies are done with small needles - smaller than the needles used for blood draw. ...Read more

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How badly does a thyroid biopsy hurt?

How badly does a thyroid biopsy hurt?

Not bad: It depends on your pain threshold but in general, it is not more than getting your lab draw, it's just intimidating because it's a needle in the neck. It's easy enough that some docs don't even need to give you numbing medication. ...Read more

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How much did the thyroid biopsy hurt?

How much did the thyroid biopsy hurt?

Depends: Usually throud biopsies are not painful. The doctor will numb the skin over the site of biopsy and use very skinny needles to perform the biopsy. Occasionally, when there is an inflammatory condition in the thyroid the biopsies can be uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Why might a thyroid biopsy be inconclusive?

Why might a thyroid biopsy be inconclusive?

Thyroid biopsy: The biopsy might be inconclusive for a number of reasons. Evaluation of the thyroid should also be looked at by a number of other imaging studies that likely will report other issues that are more conclusive. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid biopsy's produce false results?

Thyroid biopsy: Hard to answer. No test is perfect. With an ultrasound-guided needle bx, the pathologist looks at the sample of cells that he gets. He may not get a good sample. In some kinds of thyroid cancer, it is hard to distinguish normal from abnormal cells. Sometimes decisions need to be made in spite of "test results", i.e. A judgement call. Talk to your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Thyroid biopsy showed flus? How's it treated?

Thyroid biopsy showed flus? How's it treated?

Surgical biopsy: Hi. The follicular lesion of undetermined significance may be aided by the thyroid cancer genetic panel done on the biopsy cells. Was that done? If questions remain, you will need a surgical excisional biopsy to resolve whether cancer or benign. If cancer on frozen section, completion thyroidectomy; if benign, leave the other half in and close the wound. ...Read more

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Return for 2nd thyroid biopsy, what can I expect?

Return for 2nd thyroid biopsy, what can I expect?

Similar to before: The ultrasound and needle biopsy is usually a routine and simple procedure. Presumably you are discussing with your doctor the reasons for the biopsy and hopefully you will get a diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Anything help soothing the pain after a thyroid biopsy?

Anything help soothing the pain after a thyroid biopsy?

Yes: You should not have a lot of pain after a thyroid biopsy. Usually tylenol, (acetaminophen) non-steroidal antiinflammatory meds (ibuprofen, aleeve) is enough to take care of the pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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. Olav Jaren
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more