Firstly, I would like to say I commend the work you put in on this forum.
My fiancée is 23 and has just got her first FNA results back as inconclusive at the weekend. The doctor said that he looks for 5 things in the samples for a conclusive result and that he could see 2 but not the others. I understand that this was due to insufficient cells and too much blood in the sample. He did not suggest that any suspicious cells were present.
The dr found 3 incidental thyroid nodules during an ultrasound for something else. 2 were less than 6mm and cystic and the dr said they were benign from the U/S. One of the nodules was 10mm x 6mm and showed vascular activity. It appeared to have clear margins/borders.
The dr carried out an FNA on the 10mm nodule due to the size and he could not rule out the risk of cancer from U/S. He was reassuring saying that they are common, her thyroid looked normal, he wasn't overly concerned and he has recently done 68 FNAs and only 2 came back bad.
The ENT specialist has recommended surgery to remove a small section of the largest (10mm) nodule for a further biopsy. She is due be admitted on Friday.
From your experience, is this the best way forward? Wouldn’t a repeat FNA be beneficial? If the nodule was 1mm smaller (i.e. <10mm) he wouldn’t have even done the initial FNA!
We are meeting the surgeon tomorrow to ask him a few questions so if you can give me some guidance it would be much appreciated.
Sometimes with indeterminate biopsies, surgery becomes a diagnostic procedure. This sounds like the case with your fiancé. It was a relatively small nodule at 10 mm but with the increased vascularity there was a potential risk for cancer. Hopefully the surgery proved this to be benign.
Thanks for posting, Glad I found this site today, and so happy you and your fiancee had good news! I am new to this, just had test results back and I need to have an "uptake" done after finding a nodule on the right side of my thyroid through an ultrasound. I do not have all my information yet, just getting referred to a specialist at this point. I have difficulty with pressure against larynx and feel as if something is caught in my throat. I can feel the nodule or swelling on the right side with my fingers - which is how I discovered it in the first place when I was applying lotion to my face and neck last week.
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