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Has anyone had a fine needle biopsy of a nodule?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: Yes

It is a relatively painless technique for diagnosing a nodule.
Depending upon the location of the nodule, it is often combined with a radiologic method to confirm correct needle placement, ie, ultrasound, ct. The main drawback is that it only yields cells for evaluation; core needle biopsy will obtain tissue but some nodules are too vascular to permit a core biopsy, ie, thyroid nodules.

In brief: Yes

It is a relatively painless technique for diagnosing a nodule.
Depending upon the location of the nodule, it is often combined with a radiologic method to confirm correct needle placement, ie, ultrasound, ct. The main drawback is that it only yields cells for evaluation; core needle biopsy will obtain tissue but some nodules are too vascular to permit a core biopsy, ie, thyroid nodules.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Sean Canale
A fine needle aspiration (FNA) obtains cellular material for cytologic evaluation. A core needle biopsy (esp. vacuum assisted) obtains pieces of tissue for histologic evaluation.
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