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how long does it usually take to get back biopsy results

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
20 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Several days: Depending on the test, 1-14 days usually.
Dr. Cynthia Palabrica
32 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Results: Result return is dependent on the lab that is reading the results. Time for return, therefore, varies. Most biopsies at least have preliminary results ... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
2-3 days: I hope you had a core needle biopsy, which is the standard-small incision. These results should be available in 2-3 days. A surgical biopsy should ... Read More
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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
46 years experience Breast Surgery
Within a week: Sometimes the result may be ready in 24-48 hours. More commonly within a week the report is available. On rare occasions the pathologist may request a ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience Pathology
1 to 2 days: A biopsy is usually processed and reported in 24 to 48 hours. The things that could delay that is if the biopsy goes to a lab in another state for pr ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Most : Most biopsies are processed immediately in the laboratory receiving them; accrediting organizations, such as college of american pathologists, recomme ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
A few days: Depending on what the biopsy is for, the initial results (gross micro) will come back in a few days. If the biopsy is for something more specific lik ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Rayson
28 years experience Pathology
Two days to a week: If it is a routine histological examination by the pathologist it will take less than 48 hours. It takes one day to fix the tissue and the next day th ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Usually a couple of: Days. Uncomplicated lymph node biopsy can be read with a couple of days of the biopsy. However special tests may take longer, even a couple of weeks ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean Williamson
12 years experience Pathology
It's complex: Lymph node biopsies often require additional types of testing compared to other biopsies. In addition to looking at the cells under the microscope, th ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Varies: As a general rule, 24-48 hrs, but if there are cultures pending or special stains needed it may take longer. Usually preliminary results are availabl ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sean Williamson
12 years experience Pathology
Soon: Lymph node biopsies often require additional testing compared to other biopsies. In addition to looking at the cells under the microscope, the cells o ... Read More
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