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    Old 06-05-2006, 07:00 PM   #1
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    Question Ultrasound guided biopsy

    After going to the doctor over a period of time with varying symptoms, it appears as if I am hypo. I am to visit a specialist in Boston( I am from Bermuda). My doctor here has just called and said that I now need to have ultrasound guided biopsy based on the results of my ultrasound last week-nodules. Can anyone give advise or tell what the procedure is like, as I am a chicken. What can I expect. Is it painful? What will my throat feel like afterwards? Many thanks.

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    Old 06-05-2006, 08:57 PM   #2
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    Re: Ultrasound guided biopsy

    I just had a ultrasound guided biopsy done today (june 5). The night before do not take motrin(blood thinners), and fish oil vitamins. My endo first nummed me up then one at a time he stuck me with up to 4 needles. Even though I was nummed....I could still feel the needle going in and when he kinda of jerked and moved the needle around. It is not that bad.....I just tried to remember to breath and stare at the ceiling. The nurse and the endo would ask me if I was ok after each time he took a needle out. I waited around for an hour and then came back and he gave my results. If they do not get good samples they may have to do again when you come back from an hour break. I was very nervous before going in, but don't worry about this procedure it is not that bad and not that painful.

    Good news I do not have cancer. I have thyroiditis and in a wait and watch until my thyroid decides to burn out and I become hypoT. Good Luck with you fna. Let me know how it goes and the results. Remember 95% of the time it is benign....only 5% are cancerous. Your doctor/endo will be able to find out what is going on by doing the fna.



    Old 06-06-2006, 05:53 AM   #3
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    Thanks Cindy. This is such a good answer. So much seems to be happening over these few weeks. I am so glad your results were benign. I wil post how this all turns out.


    Old 06-06-2006, 01:00 PM   #4
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    Re: Ultrasound guided biopsy

    I had one in April. They didn't even numb me. It was very quick and the doctor who did it was great. He even turned the ultrasound screen around so that I could watch what he was doing. Even without being numbed, it didn't hurt at all and I had no after effects. In fact, they stuck me 3 times and the next morning, there weren't even any marks on my neck. The needle they use is very very very thin. Mine turned out benign.

    Good luck to you...I hope it all goes well!

    Old 06-06-2006, 01:22 PM   #5
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    I had an FNA done 3 years ago. A radiologist did mine and I had no problems. They numbed me up and I could feel pressure when the needles went in but not really pain. I feared it would be awful and planned to take the afternnoon off work on the day I did mine. It only took about 15 minutes from start to finish and I was fine afterwards. I even went right back to work for the remainder of the afternoon. My nodule turned out to be a solid mass and results were "suspicious", the nodule contained "atypical cells with scant colloid and follicular architecture, and hurthle cell changes". I needed a partial thyroidectomy and upon further biopsy from the surgery it turned out as "suspicious but no definate malignacy". However because of the results of the fna my doc watched me very closely for two years to make certain there was no cancer developing. I still have to go in for ultrasounds every 6 months, but am very grateful and relieved that after 3 years I have had no problems besides the resulting hypothyroidism from the partial thyroidectomy.

    Hope sharing my experiences helps you with your upcomming biopsy. Best of luck!!!

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