Needle Biopsy Thyroid Care
Needle Biopsy Thyroid Details
Alternate Names for Needle Biopsy Thyroid:
Needle biopsy, thyroid
Needle biopsy: thyroid
In the days leading up to your procedure, you will need to:
- Have blood tests
Talk to your doctor about your medical history, including:
- Any allergies
Any medicines that you take-You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg, aspirin )
- Blood thinners, like clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
- Arrange for a ride home from the care center.
Local anesthesia is used-just the area that is being operated on is numbed. It is given as an injection. You may also be given a sedative.Description of the Procedure
There are two types of biopsies:
- Fine-needle aspiration (FNA)-most common
- Coarse-needle biopsy (CNB)
You will be asked to lie on your back. A pillow will be placed under your shoulders. Your neck will be extended. The site of the biopsy will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. For an FNA, your doctor will insert a tiny hollow needle into the nodule to collect a sample of tissue. For a CNB, your doctor will make a small cut in the skin. The needle will be inserted through the incision and into the thyroid to collect a sample. The process may need to be repeated several times. After the procedure, pressure will be applied to the biopsy site. A bandage will be applied.How Long Will It Take?
About 10-30 minutes (plus 30 minutes in the recovery room)Will It Hurt?
You may feel soreness at the biopsy site for 1-2 days.Post-procedure Care
When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
- If you had FNA, remove the bandage within a few hours. If you had CNB, remove the bandage in a few days.
- Avoid vigorous physical activity for 24 hours.
- Return to normal activities.
- Take pain medicine (eg, Tylenol ) for any discomfort.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
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What to Expect
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Call Your Doctor
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