There is a small chance of problems from a thyroid biopsy, such as infection and bleeding.
Ongoing bleeding can be a problem for people with bleeding disorders. Aspirin, warfarin (such as Coumadin), and other blood-thinning medicines can make bleeding more likely. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on when to call him or her with problems.
After the test
Call your doctor immediately if you have:
- A lot of bleeding through the bandage.
- A hard time swallowing.
- Signs of infection,
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the biopsy site.
- Red streaks spreading from the biopsy site.
- Drainage of pus from the biopsy site.
- Swollen Reference lymph nodes Opens New Window in the neck.
|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