(Fine-Needle Aspiration: Thyroid; Skinny-Needle Biopsy: Thyroid; Coarse-Needle Biopsy: Thyroid; Core Needle Biopsy: Thyroid)
Reasons for Procedure
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- Bruising where the needle was inserted
- Pain after the procedure
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
- Fine-needle aspiration (FNA)—most common
- Coarse-needle biopsy (CNB)
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- 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 over-the-counter pain medication if you need to.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- Excessive neck swelling
- Unusual pain or discomfort
American Thyroid Association http://www.thyroid.org
Thyroid Foundation of America http://www.allthyroid.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Thyroid Foundation of Canada http://www.thyroid.ca
Ross DS. Fine needle aspiration biopsy of thyroid nodules/instructions for patients undergoing core needle biopsy. Thyroid Foundation of Canada website. Available at: http://www.thyroid.ca/e12b.php. Accessed August 21, 2014.
Thyroid nodules. American Thyroid Association website. Available at: http://www.thyroid.org/what-are-thyroid-nodules. Published June 4, 2012. Accessed August 21, 2014.
Thyroid nodule. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 14, 2014. Accessed August 21, 2014.
Thyroid nodules. New York Thyroid Center website. Available at: http://columbiathyroidcenter.org/nodules.html. Accessed August 21, 2014.
Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid. Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=thyroidbiopsy. Updated March 7, 2013. Accessed August 21, 2014.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -