A 34-year-old female asked:
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Does it happen often that a core needle breast biopsy will get nothing or just blood when they go in to get a sample, instead of tissue?

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Dr. Jeffrey Judd
34 years experience in Radiology
Unlikely but possibl: Occasionally dense fibrotic tissue from scarring or around tumors will make it difficult to get much tissue from a core biopsy other than scar type tissue. Very vascular tumors may start bleeding pretty heavily after the first biopsy sample which may make it difficult to get any additional tissue. These are infrequent occurrences and should be much less than 5%.
Answered on Jun 23, 2013
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