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What are some inherent risks of a breast biopsy?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Bleeding,infection: This will depend on the type of biopsy you are getting. A core needle biopsy has 2 main risks: bleeding and infection .This is dependent on the type of needle used. Prior to any procedure, the doctor and staff will explain the risks of the procedure.
Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology 31 years experience
Infection/bleeding: Although infection and bleeding are the most common risks of a core needle biopsy or fine needle aspiration, larger breast biopsies can be associated with seroma formation (large pockets of fluid that do not resolve). Other risks are less common.

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