Discharge Instructions for Fine-Needle Thyroid Biopsy
You had a procedure called fine-needle thyroid biopsy. This biopsy was done to assess a nodule or cyst in your thyroid gland or enlargement of the thyroid. During the biopsy, a very thin needle is inserted through the skin into the gland. The needle is used to remove a small amount of tissue from the gland. (This may be done more than one time to be sure to get cells from all parts of the nodule.) Or the needle is used to drain fluid from a cyst. The tissue or fluid is then studied in a lab.
Tips to take care of yourself at home:
You will have a small adhesive bandage on your biopsy site. Leave the bandage in place for 4 to 6 hours. After this time, you don't need to keep it covered.
If you feel discomfort after the biopsy, take over-the-counter pain medicine. Do not take aspirin.
Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to work and normal activities. This will likely be the same day as your procedure.
Getting your results
Your biopsy results may take a few days. When the results are ready, your healthcare provider will discuss them with you and tell you what, if anything, needs to be done next.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by your healthcare provider.
When to call your healthcare provider
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Bleeding that won’t stop
Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher
Increasing pain, redness, tenderness, or drainage at the biopsy site
Swelling of the biopsy site
Be sure you understand what problems you should watch for and know how to reach the healthcare provider after hours and on weekends.