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Fine needle aspiration of the thyroid? Done under local?
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Depends
Depends on the physician doing the biopsy.
It's a simple procedure. Some physicians use local anesthetic, some use Ethyl Chloride (cold spray), some use nothing at all. Call the physician's office to find out ahead of time how he/she does it so you can anticipate. Good luck.

In brief: Depends
Depends on the physician doing the biopsy.
It's a simple procedure. Some physicians use local anesthetic, some use Ethyl Chloride (cold spray), some use nothing at all. Call the physician's office to find out ahead of time how he/she does it so you can anticipate. Good luck.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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In brief: Depends
For nodules that can be felt, thyroid fna's can easily be done without any anesthetic.
Anesthetic injection actually hurts more than a properly performed fna and can cause more bruising and hamper the quality of the specimen. Nodules biopsied under ultrasound often use local as the needle is inserted much longer and is traveling a longer distance because of the transducer.

In brief: Depends
For nodules that can be felt, thyroid fna's can easily be done without any anesthetic.
Anesthetic injection actually hurts more than a properly performed fna and can cause more bruising and hamper the quality of the specimen. Nodules biopsied under ultrasound often use local as the needle is inserted much longer and is traveling a longer distance because of the transducer.
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