Why It Is Done
A thyroid biopsy is done to:
- Find the cause of a lump (nodule) found in the thyroid gland. Lumps in the thyroid gland may be found during a physical examination or seen on a thyroid Reference ultrasound Opens New Window test or radioactive thyroid scan.
- Find the cause of a Reference goiter Opens New Window. Symptoms of a goiter include breathing and swallowing problems, paralyzed vocal cords, a feeling of fullness in the neck, and weight loss.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology