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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.

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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


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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.

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What does it mean to find fungus in a thyroid biopsy?

What does it mean to find fungus in a thyroid biopsy?

Thyroid biopsy: I guess it is conceivable that a disseminated fungal infection could involve the thyroid, but I would be more concerned that the sample was contaminated, or it was a lab error of some kind.

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After my thyroid biopsy a chocolate like mass was extracted what does it mean?

After my thyroid biopsy a chocolate like mass was extracted what does it mean?

Thyroid Nodules: Thyroid nodules are solid or fluid-filled lumps that form within your thyroid, a small gland located at the base of your neck, just above your breastbone. The great majority of thyroid nodules aren't serious and don't cause symptoms. Thyroid cancer accounts for a small percentage of thyroid lesions. The "chocolate" part refers to blood in the nodule. Your pathologist can tell if there is a tumor.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid biopsy?

Needle into nodule: 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 bad does a thyroid biopsy hurt, during and afterwards?

Not bad: This one depends on the skill of the doctor doing the biopsy. It can be scary, but the soreness lasts maybe a day or two.

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How long does it take to know results of your thyroid biopsy?

How long does it take to know results of your thyroid biopsy?

Can vary: It depends upon where it is sent & how much testing is done. In-town pathologists will usually give an report in 1-3 working days; out-of-town pathologists in 2-5 working days. If genetic analysis is being done as well, this can take 1-2 weeks.

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Is it good to get a second opinion on your results of your thyroid biopsy?

Is it good to get a second opinion on your results of your thyroid biopsy?

Always an option: The answer depends on why you want a second opinion. Most centers have more than one pathologist so they typically run tough cases with each other before making the final call. If the result was benign, I typically would not ask for a second opinion but will observe the nodules over time. The only time I would ask for a second opinion is when the result comes back "indeterminate.".

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Cancer detected in a thyroid biopsy?

Cancer detected in a thyroid biopsy?

Needs thyroidectomy: If your needle biopsy revealed cancer, your need to proceed with thyroidectomy. Needle cytology is very accurate when carcinoma is detected. Most thyroid cancers are curable if treated appropriately.

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Has anybody heard of thyroid biopsy conscious sedation?

Not used: A thyroid biopsy is a very simple procedure, performed with fine needles. It is very well tolerated if performed by a skilled professional. Only local anesthesia is required. General anesthesia is sometimes used for very young children.

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Thyroid biopsy cold nodule showed Follicular cells 2x4cm. Being sent out for generic testing? Will this show if it's benign?

Thyroid nodules: This is a good question and not totally resolved in the thyroid cancer field. On needle aspiration, it is often impossible to distinguish between a follicular adenoma (benign) or follicular cancer. The genetic tests theoretically help make the distinction. But they are not perfect. Many doctors would send you to a good thyroid surgeon and remove a 2x4 cm thyroid nodule with follicular cells.

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


Dr. Marvin Ott
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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