Is it common to have a fine needle biopsy of thyroid nodules before surgery?

FNA helps. Fna (fine needle aspiration, i.e. Needle biopsy) helps by clarifying what type of cells are present in a thyroid nodule. The typically can come back as either a) cancerous, b) benign or c) can't tell for sure. It will help your surgeon come up with a surgical plan that best fits you.
If tumor suspected. Fna can provide a diagnosis before surgery and facilitate the planning of surgery and extent of surgery.
Yes. Fine needle aspiration is often needed before surgery. The result helps the surgeon decides how to proceed with surgery (lobectomy vs. Subtotal vs. Total thyroidectomy +/- lymph node dissections).

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Is it usual to have a fine needle biopsy of thyroid nodules before surgery?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
Yes. In this day and age a fna is nearly always performed before surgery. 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...

Thyroid Nodules 3.6 left 3.4 right Is a needle biopsy practical at this size? Should we just schedule removal of the thyroid.

Big nodules. Hi. Those are big nodules. They should only have FNAB done if you plan to NOT remove them if they're benign. If they're bugging you and you want them out even if they're benign, then you can skip FNAB. 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...