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How are thyroid cysts diagnosed?

Thyroid cysts are usually diagnosed with a biopsy that rules out more serious conditions, such as cancer. Your doctor can perform a simple procedure called a fine needle aspiration biopsy, where the doctor inserts a very thin needle into the thyroid nodule or lump and draws out a small sample of cells and fluid. The sample is then examined under a microscope, usually by a specialist known as a pathologist. Your doctor might also use an imaging procedure called an ultrasound to look at the shape and structure of the cyst.

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