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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get the results of a breast biopsy?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 18 years experience
2-3 days: This varies depending on each institution, but normally biopsy results are returned within 2-3 days of the procedure.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Usually two days: A surgical biopsy resutls are usually available in two days. It takes longer in difficult cases that my require additional stains or consultation. If there is a malignant tumor the pathologist usually calls the doctor sending the tissue.
Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Depends : Most pathologists can return results in 48-96 hours for most breast lesions.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 29 years experience
A fine needle biopsy can be read immediately. A core or surgical biopsy takes longer and depends on the hospital, but is usually 2-5 days.
Dec 25, 2012

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get result from a breast biopsy?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Variable: Usually pathologists will provide a report in a couple of days, or sooner, from the time of biopsy. In some cases requiring special tests, it may take up to 2-3 weeks.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover enough from a breast biopsy?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Many centers are: Accelerating biopsy to 'read out' times. Many recognize the problem with "presenteeism" being at the desk or counter, but unable to focus while worryig about the "report". You need to ask "how long wil the report take" and then ask why does it take so long, and ask for the time off of the lag time from biopsy to path report. Some can do it in 24-48hrs. There is no recovery time.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does it usually take to get a breast biopsy result?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
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 rarely be performed as the first step. These can take 3-5 days to get back results.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the most likely result of my breast biopsy?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
No one answer that: Except the doc who is doing your biopsy that doc can give u odds based on what the mammogram showed but the final result will be the biopsy which your doc should go over the results with u as soon as it is back.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How long should it take after a breast biopsy to get the results called to you?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology 21 years experience
It depends on lab: Personally, i strive for a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours, but complex cases take longer.

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