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What happens during a breast biopsy?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Sample removed: Three ways of doing a breast biopsy: direct, ultrasound, or stereotactic guidance. With all of these, the area of the skin is anesthetized, and then a needle is inserted into the lump/mass, the mechanism fired, and tissue is removed. It is usually 1 to 2 cm in length and 0.1 cm in width. The pathologist will interpret and give a result. Limited risk, limited complications. A straightforward test.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are breast biopsies for?

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Dr. Keith Monson
General Surgery 23 years experience
Diagnosis: A breast biopsy allows the pathologist to examine the tissue under the microscope to determine the exact nature of the tissue. It is most commonly used to determine whether an area of the breast is cancerous or not .

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