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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

Dr. James Lin
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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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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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During thyroid biopsy of 2 nodules pathologist said this looks like thyroiditis. My labs are within normal range. What could this mean?

During thyroid biopsy of 2 nodules pathologist said this looks like thyroiditis.  My labs are within normal range.  What could this mean?

Inflammation: Inflammation of the thyroid can manifest in multiple ways, including goiter, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism and also with normal thyroid function. If you have throid inflmmation you need to have regular follow-up as it is likely to end up with low thyroid function and you are likely to need thyroid medication down the road. ...Read more

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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

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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

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. Debra Rosenblatt
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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