Has anyone had a fine needle biopsy of a nodule?

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.

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Is is usually not needed to continue to monitor an unchanged thryoid nodule found a few years ago if fine needle biopsy looked normal then & now?

Monitor needed. I would space out the frequency of monitoring but it should continued to be monitored, even if it was negative in biopsy in the past. I would not biopsy it again if it doesn't in size but the only way to know that is to follow it with serial ultrasound. Read more...
Annual Physical. Thyroid nodules are palpable in 4-7% of patients, and of these less than 10% are cancer. It sounds like you have had a needle biopsy of the nodule that was negative. It would be very reasonable to follow it with annual exams (and for you to check it yourself at least monthly) for changes. As always, talk to your doctor. Read more...

I have a dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. What does this mean?

FNA. FNA - fine needle aspiration, is a procedure where a thin needle is inserted directly into the thyroid nodule. Cells from the nodule are aspirated and put on glass slides and stained. The slides are looked at under the microscope and a diagnosis is given. The procedure is usually done after the skin has been numbed up with local anesthesia. Depending on the diagnosis, surgery may be necessary. Read more...

Being dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. Can you explain what this means?

Thyroid nodule. The likelihood of any thyroid nodule being a cancer is low, but like any cancer it is important to recognize early and get treatment. A thyroid fine needle biopsy may be needed to get a sample of the nodule to see what it is. Presumably, you had a thyroid image (ultrasound, ct). It is important not just to get a test, but to see a doctor who knows about these things (an endocrinologist). Read more...

What to expect with a fine needle biopsy of my thyroid?

Screening test. A fine needle aspirate is usually done if there is a nodule in the gland. It provides a limited sample but can be diagnostic depending on the cause of the nodule. It may show just fluid, if the nodule is a cyst to showing cancer cells if the nodule is cancer. A negative test does not rule out disease due to limited sampling. Read more...

Whats invovled during a fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

This is how I do it. After local anesthesia is given (an injection just under the skin), a very fine needle is guided into the thyroid nodule through ultrasound visualization. I repeat the needle pass 4 times. Each pass only lasts for a few seconds. It is very well tolerated and it takes 20 minutes or so in all. There are no special precautions after the biopsy, other than wearing a band-aid for 2-3 hours. Read more...
Clean . Skin with aneseptic. Pinch from local anesthesia. 3 or so insertions of very small needle directed by ultrasound. Done. Easy test. I do hundreds every year. Read more...

What should I expect with a fine needle biopsy of my thyroid? What are the possible tumors or results?

Well tolerated. Many times we biopsy nodules seen on ultrasound. Most are benign. If a cancer is seen, most of the time it is papillary, and treatable with thyroidectomy and lymph node removal. There can be follicular cells seen, which usually results in removal of one side of the thyroid, as you can't tell for sure if its noncancerous follicular cells on fna. Rarely, they dont get enough cells to tell. Read more...