How To Prepare
Tell your doctor if you:
- Take any medicines regularly. Be sure your
doctor knows the names and doses of all your medicines.
- Are allergic to any medicines, including
- Have had bleeding problems or
take blood-thinners, such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin, for example).
Before having a thyroid biopsy, you may need to have blood
tests to see whether you have any bleeding problems or blood-clotting
To prepare for a thyroid biopsy:
- You do not need to do anything before a needle
biopsy. You will be
awake during the biopsy.
- Do not eat or drink anything for 10 hours
before an open biopsy. You will get
general anesthesia and be asleep during the biopsy. If
you take medicines every day, ask your doctor whether you can take these
medicines on the day of the biopsy. You can eat your normal diet after the
Just before the test, you will remove your dentures (if you
wear them) and all jewelry or metal objects from around your neck and upper
Before having a thyroid biopsy, you need to sign a consent
form that says you understand the risks of the thyroid biopsy and agree to have
the test done. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the
need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will
mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the
medical test information form (What is a PDF document?).
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology
May 31, 2011
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