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Dr. Holly Maes
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Biopsy (Overview)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). This can guide treatment.


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What are biopsys?

Biopsy: Submitting a portion of tissue taken from the body to have gross and miscroscopic analysis for the purpose of identifying or diagnosing disease. ...Read more

Dr. Holly Maes
2 doctors shared insights

Biopsy (Overview)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). This can guide treatment.


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How big is a biopsy?

How big is a biopsy?

Small, 4mm.: This is usually small, like 4mm for a punch biopsy. Others might be bigger, like breast tissue can be 3-4 cm in greatest dimension. ...Read more

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Are biopsies painful?

Are biopsies painful?

It depend: Most of them are not very painful; doctor usually injects medication to numb the area. ...Read more

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What's a torax biopsy?

What's a torax biopsy?

Thorax?: You might mean thorax, which is a general term to describe the part of the body from below the neck until the abdomen, or belly. A thorax biopsy could be done to access any structure in the thorax, although it is typically the lungs. ...Read more

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How does a biopsy work?

Laboratory: First you obtain a sample of the tissue or fluid . Second to send it to the pathology laboratory for identification, benign or malignant, classification if malignant, then for referral for treatment, even if not malignant. ...Read more

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Why do I need a biopsy? 

Why do I need a biopsy? 

Tissue Diagnosis: I presume that you had a radiologic study and/or examination that showed an abnormality for which a doctor recommended a biopsy. While the above studies may be helpful, they are usually not 100% diagnostic. A biopsy provides tissue to evaluate under the microscope for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does a biopsy hole fill in?

Does a biopsy hole fill in?

How big?: A small punch biopsy hole in the skin will fill in, but an excision biopsy is better handled by suturing the wound and closing the gap. ...Read more

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What is sentinal node biopsy?

What is sentinal node biopsy?

A surgical procedure: This is a surgical procedure to identify the first node that receives drainage from the site of the cancer, and is thus the node most likely to have cancer if cancer has spread. It is done routinely for breast cancer and melanoma. Thenode is removed and examined under the microscope for cancer. The results will help determine what additional treatments may be needed. ...Read more

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Does biopsy checks for cystis?

Does biopsy checks for cystis?

Yes : Yes, cystitis will usually be seen on a biopsy. A biopsy may not be necessary. ...Read more

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What kind of biopsy will I have?

What kind of biopsy will I have?

It depends: The type of biopsy recommended depends on many things such as location and type of mass that is being biopsied. Some are done with a fine needle, some require more extensive incisions. Your doctor will explain exaclty what type of biopsy it will be. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about biopsies?

What can you tell me about biopsies?

Part of life: Everybody gets tissue sent to the pathologist from time to time for diagnosis. Cancer is essentially never diagnosed without a biopsy, and any lesion suspected of being cancer will be biopsied. Any skin lesion that can't be identified at once will get biopsied, any serious blood problem gets a marrow biopsy, and one woman in 2 will get a breast biopsy during her lifetime. What else can we tell you ...Read more

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What does the s/p in s/p biopsy mean?

What does the s/p in s/p biopsy mean?

Status post: "Status post" something means that "something" had been done. For example, s/p biopsy means a biopsy had been done, and s/p bone marrow biopsy means a bone marrow biopsy had been done. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with a biopsy?

What risks are associated with a biopsy?

Very limited: Bleeding, infection, tracking and nerve damage are the most frequent complications, although very rare. Depends on what is being biopsied and how: brain with a craniotomy is very different from a fine needle aspiration of a soft tissue lipoma (fatty tumor). If it is under radiology guidance (ct or us), a lung collapse is possible. So, while site dependent, you are probably going to be just fine. ...Read more

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How long for celiac test results after biopsy.

How long for celiac test results after biopsy.

Depends on lab, but: Celiac disease often presents in the small bowel as "patchy" so biopsies of only one area may not be representative. Also, if you have celiac disease but eliminated gluten long enough for classic villous blunting changes in the small bowel to have resolved, then biopsies will look normal ; the disease may be missed. Talk to your doctor about definitive diagnostic criteria for your piece-of-mind. ...Read more

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What are the chances of waking up after biopsy?

Excellent for most: Very few people simply fail to wake up after anesthesia. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get endomitrial biopsy?

Unclear question: Endometrial biopsy is usually done by a gynecologist and you could get one, if needed, at the availability of your doctor. The biopsy tissue is examined by a pathologist and the results are usually available in 48 hours. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: biopsy?

Tissue sample: Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). This can guide treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get a biopsy n am scared?

Depends on type: Best thing to do is talk to your physician. A good physician should (in easily understood language) answer any questions you have about the biopsy to your satisfaction, and most importantly, be able to educate you in regards to the benefits and any potential complications of the procedure. Usually, biopsies have minimal risk associated with the procedure, depending on the site. ...Read more

Cone Biopsy (Definition)

A cone biopsy is a larger form of a cervical biopsy that often removes a cone-shaped piece of tissue from the cervix. Many times it removes tissue that is high in the cervical canal as well as tissue that is on the surface of the cervix. It will often include tissue that your health ...Read more