Needle Biopsy: Thyroid
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Needle Biopsy: Thyroid Usage

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Reasons for Procedure

The test is usually done when a lump, called a nodule, is found in the thyroid. Thyroid nodules are fairly common. They usually do not require treatment. However, about 5% of nodules are cancerous . The needle biopsy is usually done to see if a nodule contains benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) cells. It may also be done if the thyroid is enlarged, even if there is no nodule present.



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