A fine needle aspiration (fna) test of my thyroid nodule - (1.8cm) came back with "suspicious for malignancy" (category 5) result here in australia. My?

Ask a Pathologist. Fine needle aspirations are difficult to interpret since the amount of tissue taken is very small. In your particular case the prase "suspicious for malignancy" is strongly suggestive of cancer by the pathologist. A final veredict would be to get another bigger sample or go for exploratory surgery with the intent to perform the subtotal thyroidectomy as a treatment for the cancer. Ask endocrine.
Suspicious. Thats not a result, the result will be a pathology report from the aspiration describing the sample examined with microscope. Check with your doctor, i hope it turns out well.

Related Questions

Is it true that a fine needle aspiration of a thyroid nodule can lead to metastasis if it is cancerous?

Not true. i couldn't find where anything like this has been proven. Careful trained biopsy technique minimizes complications. You should not worry about metastasis from such a procedure, it doesn't happen. You should worry about getting a diagnosis of this nodule, then pursue recommended treatment or surveillance based on results. . Read more...
No. No, there is no evidence that a needle biopsy of a cancerous lesion would cause them to spread. Needle biopsies are a very common procedure for thyroid and breast nodules, for example. Read more...
No way to know. probably not. This is a very complex issue. Autopsy rate of differentiated thyroid cancer is more than 50% in those over 50 years old. This is a cancer that most of us die with not of. DTC is so indolent is hard to believe it could be spread from an FNA. Furthermore, the only alternative to percutaneous biopsy would be surgical excision. This would be much more risky with so many benign nodules. Read more...

Fine needle aspiration of the thyroid? Done under local?

Depends. Depends on the physician doing the biopsy. It's a simple procedure. Some physicians use local anesthetic, some use Ethyl Chloride (cold spray), some use nothing at all. Call the physician's office to find out ahead of time how he/she does it so you can anticipate. Good luck. Read more...
Depends. For nodules that can be felt, thyroid fna's can easily be done without any anesthetic. Anesthetic injection actually hurts more than a properly performed fna and can cause more bruising and hamper the quality of the specimen. Nodules biopsied under ultrasound often use local as the needle is inserted much longer and is traveling a longer distance because of the transducer. Read more...

Please tell me, could a thyroid nodule needle aspiration test take up to two weeks to get results?

May be. If the hospital is large and has their own thyroid pathologist, then it is less than two weeks. If your endocrinologist or hospital send it to mayo clinic or other special lab. Then it can take up to two weeks. Read more...