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Thyroid biopsy

I found a lump on the front left side of my neck seven weeks ago, I also had pain up side of face passed my jaw and ear, went do GP she said it looked like a cyst she took bloods and arranged for an ultrasound scan , bloods came back normal, scan showed up that I have several small fluid filled cysts measuring 1cm on right side of neck and a mass measuring 2.5 cm part filled with fluid and part solid I was told it would need to be investigated. I received a letter from thyroid clinic to say my GP had referred me urgently for a biopsy. I am having biopsy tomorrow a fine needle aspiration. I'm a but nervous about having it done and wondered if anybody has had this procedure and if it is painful .

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Fine needle biopsy is slightly uncomfortable whilst undergoing the procedure but I was able to go back to work afterwards and only required paracetamol that day and nothing afterwards. I had a FNB on two occasions with no complications. I hope things go well tomorrow.


Angeren, you will be given a local anaesthetic, I can't remember whether it was gel or injection. The procedure is uncomfortable rather than painful. I was given a pad to apply pressure to my neck for 20/30 minutes afterwards to reduce swelling. I had some soreness/stiffness for a couple of days and bruising and just used painkillers when necessary. I hope all is well tomorrow.


I've had two fine needle and one core biopsy. As has been said the FNA biopsies were not painful more uncomfortable. The trick is to stay as still as you can. i had gel for the FNA and injected anaesthetic for the core.

Wishing you good luck and let us know how you got on.


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