Fine Needle Aspiration to Diagnose Abnormalities in the Head and Neck

dcl photo 5FNA (also known as fine needle biopsy) in the head and neck is used to gather abnormal cells from a mass or a lump for testing. It is a less invasive procedure and features fewer risks than surgical biopsy. The procedure is simple and requires just a short outpatient visit. In most cases, patients are able to return to their normal routine immediately following FNA.

Why FNA for the Head and Neck?

FNA for masses in the head and neck allow doctors to determine the severity of an issue and whether or not a mass is malignant. In many cases (approximately 80 percent), the results of a fine needle aspiration in the head and neck area are benign.

The most common head and neck sites which are biopsied by FNA include:

  • Thyroid
  • Salivary gland (parotid, submandibular gland)
  • Lymph nodes
  • Soft tissue
  • Congenital/Developmental cysts
    • Brachial cleft cysts – congenital or developmental
    • Thyroglossal duct cysts

FNA can be used to distinguish the exact location and nature of the disease.

These masses in the head and neck area can occur at any age and may grow very large in size. They may be benign, malignant, or there may be an infection. Each of these requires different treatment.

Diagnosis Determines Procedure

Any time a mass is present, it is critical for surgeons to know its status because this affects whether and how surgery may be conducted. Knowing whether or not a tumor is malignant directs the course of treatment and where a procedure is performed. The more information gathered the easier it is to diagnose a problem and determine the proper course of treatment.

Why Choose DCL Pathology for Your FNA Procedure?

DCL Pathology is one of the leading providers of fine needle aspiration and ultrasound guided biopsy. We care for all ages of patients in need of head and neck mass biopsies, from children to the elderly.

The procedure is performed in a comfortable environment and results are given as quickly as available, so there is no fear in waiting and wondering. If you have received a referral from your doctor or you are looking for more information about fine needle biopsy or aspiration, please contact us today.