10 doctors weighed in:
Is it usual to have a fine needle biopsy of thyroid nodules before surgery?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Nordstrom
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
In this day and age a fna is nearly always performed before surgery.

In brief: Yes
In this day and age a fna is nearly always performed before surgery.
Dr. Michael Nordstrom
Dr. Michael Nordstrom
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Its considered the standard of care.

In brief: Yes
Its considered the standard of care.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
Dr. Farhad Sigari
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Nowadays, virtually all nodules (except those that are causing hyperthyroidism) should have a needle biopsy before surgery.
Some nodules that are small and benign appearing may not need biopsy, but they do not require surgery either, and some large goiters are removed for symptoms. The biopsy eliminates the need for surgery in many patients and can tailor the correct operation in others.

In brief: Yes
Nowadays, virtually all nodules (except those that are causing hyperthyroidism) should have a needle biopsy before surgery.
Some nodules that are small and benign appearing may not need biopsy, but they do not require surgery either, and some large goiters are removed for symptoms. The biopsy eliminates the need for surgery in many patients and can tailor the correct operation in others.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes in most cases
Since 10-15% o people have thyroid nodules, the fna gets a sample that allows the patient and doctor the opportunity to decide if removal is needed.
Also prepares better for total flan removal of cancer is found.

In brief: Yes in most cases
Since 10-15% o people have thyroid nodules, the fna gets a sample that allows the patient and doctor the opportunity to decide if removal is needed.
Also prepares better for total flan removal of cancer is found.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually
It is a very common procedure to have a fine needle biopsy of a thyroid nodule first, to see if surgery is indicated.
I guess that it could possible that if the thyroid nodule is so large that needle biopsy would not be helpful and surgery performed first.

In brief: Usually
It is a very common procedure to have a fine needle biopsy of a thyroid nodule first, to see if surgery is indicated.
I guess that it could possible that if the thyroid nodule is so large that needle biopsy would not be helpful and surgery performed first.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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