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- How is fine needle aspiration biopsy performed?
- What are the complications of fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid?
- What happens to the thyroid tissue obtained at the fine needle aspiration biopsy?
Quick GuideThyroid Anatomy, Symptoms, and Disorders
A fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid gland is an effective method to determine whether or not a thyroid nodule is cancer. The procedure is relatively simple procedure that is usually performed in a doctor's office and usually takes less than 20 minutes. Complications are rare but include bleeding, bruising, and infection. Results are generally available within one week and help determine what further interventions or treatments are needed.
Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine