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A 41-year-old member asked:

Does it hurt to get a biopsy for a tumor on your parotid gland?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Not much: A fine needle hurts less than giving blood. A cutting needle isn't as bad as a dental procedure. Parotid tumors can be vicious, especially if there's a delay in diagnosis. Here's hoping that your tumor is benign or caught early, and that you'll continue your proactive, brave approach.
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Dr. Michael Nordstrom
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Pain with biopsy: A fine needle aspiration biopsy is done with a local anesthetic. It is not without discomfort but most patients tolerate it quite well.
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Last updated May 18, 2017

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