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During your biopsy, your doctor placed a thin needle through your skin and into your thyroid gland to take a sample of tissue.
This may have been done to find what is causing a lump or growth in your thyroid.
You may find it uncomfortable to lie still with your head tipped backward. The biopsy site may be sore and tender for 1 to 2 days.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
Keep the biopsy site covered and dry for 48 hours. A small amount of bleeding from the biopsy site can be expected. Ask your doctor how much drainage to expect.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or Health Link at 811 now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or Health Link at 811 if:
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Adaptation Date: 4/28/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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