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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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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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A fine needle aspiration(fna) test of my thyroid nodule -(1.8cm) came back with "suspicious for malignancy" (category 5) result here in australia. My ?

A fine needle aspiration(fna) test of my thyroid nodule -(1.8cm) came back with "suspicious for malignancy" (category 5) result here in australia. My ?

Ask a Pathologist: Fine needle aspirations are difficult to interpret since the amount of tissue taken is very small. In your particular case the prase "suspicious for malignancy" is strongly suggestive of cancer by the pathologist. A final veredict would be to get another bigger sample or go for exploratory surgery with the intent to perform the subtotal thyroidectomy as a treatment for the cancer. Ask endocrine. ...Read more

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Is it true that a fine needle aspiration of a thyroid nodule can lead to metastasis if it is cancerous?

Is it true that a fine needle aspiration of a thyroid nodule can lead to metastasis if it is cancerous?

Not true: i couldn't find where anything like this has been proven. Careful trained biopsy technique minimizes complications. You should not worry about metastasis from such a procedure, it doesn't happen. You should worry about getting a diagnosis of this nodule, then pursue recommended treatment or surveillance based on results. ...Read more

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Does a fine needle aspiration biopsy hurt much?

Does a fine needle aspiration biopsy hurt much?

No: If done well, for superficial sites it is generally less uncomfortable than a blood draw. For deeper sites, local anesthetic is used ( about a s bad as getting "numbed" for the dentist. Soreness afterward is generally minimal. ...Read more

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What to expect when going for a fine needle aspiration biopsy of the breast?

Fast result: It is fast and informative procedure, not very painful in good hands. Smears can show benign or malignant findings. ...Read more

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I was wondering if a core biopsy was done rather than a fine needle aspiration because it's solid?

I was wondering if a core biopsy was done rather than a fine needle aspiration because it's solid?

No: Fine needle aspiration (fna) biopsies can be performed on either solid or cystic masses. An fna yields cells/cellular clusters, while a tissue core provides a glimpse of how the cells interact with surrounding tissue. In certain situations, observation of that interaction provides the pathologist with enough information to specifically diagnose a tumor versus a more general diagnosis (with fna). ...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

Aspiration (Definition)

1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction. 2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath. 3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and ...Read more


Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more