What is the meaning of a benign fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

Thyroid FNA. Assuming the fna sample was adequate and representative of the lesion, a diagnosis of a benign nodule means that it is very likely that your thyroid nodule is not cancerous. It should still be periodically evaluated by your doctor, just to make sure that there are no significant changes.
A great deal. If the fna was of a nodule and the specimen is adequate for a cytopathologist to read there is a great likelyhood that you do not have a cancer. Ask the person who did the fna exactly what he/she meant by "benign".

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What is a benign fine needle biopsy of the thyroid?

Not cancer. A fine needle biopsy is a procedure in which needles are inserted through the skin and into the thyroid to obtain samples of cells of a nodule to look for cancer cells. Benign means no cancer. 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 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...

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...

Does anyone know how much a fine needle biopsy on a thyroid gland will hurt?

Mild. The needle used is very thing and generally there is a small amount of discomfort in the skin when the needle first pierces. Most people say the discomfort is not much different than having blood drawn. Read more...
I DO!!! I have performed many thyroid fine-needle biopsies and have had more than a few biopsies of my own thyroid. To be honest, it hurt more than i expected when i had my first biopsy because i didn't anticipate that the thyroid has pain fibers (it does). However, the pain is very short-lasting and, as a typical low-pain threshold man/doctor, if i can handle it... Read more...
A small amount. Thyroid biopsies are usually done with a very very fine needle. This makes the biopsy less likely to hurt and actually makes for a better biopsy result. They may pass a needle up to three times for each nodule they want to sample. The doctor can give a local anesthetic but that is just to numb the skin and is often not needed. Read more...
A small amount. Thyroid biopsies are usually done with a very very fine needle. This makes the biopsy less likely to hurt and actually makes for a better biopsy result. They may pass a needle up to three times for each nodule they want to sample. The doctor can give a local anesthetic but that is just to numb the skin and is often not needed. Read more...
Minimally. If done properly fna of the thyroid is usually less painful than a standard blood draw even if no local is used. I have performed thousands and in skilled hands using small guage needles the procedure is minimally painful and should yield the correct diagnosis >95% of the time. 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...