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i cannot they use a topical anesthetic for a cervical biopsy?

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Dr. Ronald Herring
Anesthesiology 17 years experience
Biopsy: A cervical (cone) biopsy is a fairly large piece of tissue so a topical is unlikely to help much. Also, the local anesthetic could theoretically change the appearance of cells under the microscope for the pathologist. This is often done under significant sedation of a spinal anesthetic.
Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine 35 years experience
Other local options: I agree fully with the other answer but there is another option and it depends on your surgeon. The surgeon can perform a paracervical block using local anesthetic by injecting the nerves on the sides of the cervix. Its two injections and it will numb the cervix as a dentist numbs your jaw. The problem is not every gynecologist is comfortable with the technique.

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Can pinworm infestation lead to complications such as cervical cancer?

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No: Pinworms cannot lead to cervical cancer.
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Is pelvic inflammatory disease associated with cervical cancer?

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No: The causes are different, but they are associated in the sense that a person with a proclivity of catch pelvic infections could easily catch both causes.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long is the needle that is used for liver biopsy?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Long enough :-): A hepatologist (specialist in liver disease) can tell you precisely. But most would probably agree that the needle used is "long enough.".
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Roughly about 6-8 inch long
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and what will a skin biopsy tell you?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
Affects skin, joints: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (nsf) is a serious condition where fibrosis of skin leads to scar-like nodules & plaques. Joints can be affected, leading to contractures & pain. Serious cases can lead to fibrosis of organs. The cause is unknown, but is related to kidney failure & exposure to gadolinium, used in mri. A skin biopsy is diagnostic, showing thickened collagen bundles & sclerotic bodies.

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