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I had a thyroid biopsy done and the report states it is marginally acceptable for evaluation. I have an enlarged cervical node on same side of neck. ?

I had a thyroid biopsy done and the report states it is marginally acceptable for evaluation. I have an enlarged cervical node on same side of neck. ?

Thyroid and gland: You need to discuss with your doctor on the next step. A lot depends on the exact diagnosis, how long you have had the node, its location. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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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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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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What is the definition or description of: thyroid biopsy?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What doctor does a thyroid biopsy?

Endo or radiologist: Thyroid fine needle aspirations are often done by endocrinologists who can do diagnostic ultrasounds and biopsies in the office; if this capability is not available, the patient can be referred for the biopsy to be done by a radiologist. ...Read more

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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

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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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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. Arthur Balin
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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