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Dr. Gary Pess
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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. Gary Pess
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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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

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What are the pros and cons of fnac vs core biopsy?

Cells vs tissue: Fnacuses a small needle to dislodge cells to see i they are malignant. Requires expertise of a cytopathologist to get accurate readings. Core biopsy uses much larger needles to obtain tissue and will be more accurate but may be more uncomfortable and occasionally lead to some bleeding. ...Read more

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Can Schamberg's Disease be diagnosed without biopsy?

No really: This disease also know as progresive pigmentary dermatosis is the most common cause of capillaries so the clinical picture of this pigmented purpuric dermatosis help whoever the only way to get a correct diagnosis is for Biopsy in the skin ...Read more

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I’ve been told a biopsy can be painful. Is this true?

I’ve been told a biopsy can be painful. Is this true?

Possibly: It really depends on the nature of the biopsy, and there are multiple different types. On one end of the spectrum are shave biopsies, for example, where a small blade will shave off a piece of skin or a concerning lesion. On the other hand, there are bone marrow biopsies, where are large needle is placed into the hip bone (typically) to remove bone marrow. This type can be quite painful. ...Read more

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How frequently are false negative results from a biopsy?

Rare but not zero: Pathologic evaluation of breast core biopsy samples has a very low false negative rate. That being said, pathology results need to be reviewed in the context of the imaging and clinical findings. If all three do not match up as concordant, then the possibility of a false negative or sampling error (i.e. missed target) comes into play and repeat sampling/biopsy should be considered. ...Read more

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4 cm across? And there is no cause for concern? A biopsy ?

4 cm across? And there is no cause for concern? A biopsy ?

More info please: Your question doesn't include enough information for us to respond. A skin growth? A mass seen on a scan? A lump somewhere? Please say exactly what thing is 4cm across, and include your symptoms. Help us help you! ...Read more

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How did colpo biopsy work out and what was the recovery like?

How did colpo biopsy work out and what was the recovery like?

Usually quick.: This is a minimally invasive procedure and should not have significant problem. I am not sure what is expected in the reply for 'recovery'- it is relatively minor procedure. ...Read more

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What to do if I have this biopsy before (women's health issue)?

What to do if I have this biopsy before (women's health issue)?

Unclear question: It is not feasible to respond meaningfully as you have not provided any relevant information. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have to get a biopsy.I am scared and don't now what to expect?

This is normal.: Having concerns about a pending medical procedure is ok. There are many types of biopsies. Ask the doctor or other provider who is going to perform the biopsy to explain in detail and aswer any questions that you have. Having a better understanding of the specific procedure may help to calm and reassure you. Be well. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get results from a biopsy?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get results from a biopsy?

It depends...: Biopsy result turn around time is highly variable depending on the organ biopsied, the actual pathology that is there. Expected turn around time is 48 hours from the time of receipt of the specimen for a routine biopsy. However, there are many issues that can cause a specimen to be complicated such as breast biopsies need extra formalin fixation, special stains to identify tumors, and consults. ...Read more

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I am having a clerical biopsy in a few weeks. I need to know is this painful?

I am having a clerical biopsy in a few weeks. I need to know is this painful?

Not painful: If you asking about clinical biopsy, you should have local anesthesia before procedure and it should be not painful. ...Read more

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What does abnormal cells in appendicitic means.what can you expect in a biopsy?

?: If you mean appendix , it was remove?. Ask your doc the type of cells and if further treatment necessary. ...Read more

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If node is finally shrinking after 2 months should I still get planned biopsy?

Need more info: You should discuss it with your doctor as there is not sufficient information to advise you. If the node has shrunk, a biopsy may not be needed. ...Read more

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I had a oral biopsy yesterday wot can they see by this that a m r i cannot detect, thanks?

I had a oral biopsy yesterday wot can they see by this that a m r i cannot detect, thanks?

The Details: Biopsy will give you a tissue diagnosis. Mri can tell you something is there anatomically....The biopsy will tell you what is there. Mri= the forest. Biopsy= the cells in the leaf. ...Read more

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I have a BI-RAD category 3 should I be scared?? what does that mean? should I be doing biopsy??

Repeat Mamo 6 Mos: MOST LIKELY benign Bi-Rad III, however recommendations are to REPEAT Mamogram in 6 Months. There may be regional varaitions in the Radiologists in your area, some are more conservative and will READ BiRAD III if any suspicion at all. If any doubts ask you Radioloist if this Mamogram can be read independently by another Radiologist. Speak also with your Primary Physician so that She can guide you ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a biopsy came back negative how can my dr. Still diagnose me with that disease?

Can you tell me if a biopsy came back negative how can my dr. Still diagnose me with that disease?

It depends: It depends on the disease. Some diseases are diagnosed solely by biopsy, whereas others are diagnosed by a set of criteria. If the other criteria are present, you can still have the disease, despite a negative biopsy. If you are not convinced, you can always ask for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dose he have do a biopsy if I do not want him to i will not let him do it. it is my body not his. I am 61 ?

Dose he have do a biopsy if I do not want him to i will not let him do it. it is my body not his. I am 61 ?

Your choice: You don't have to consent to any procedure recommended to you although that may be the best option. It does not matter how old you are, it is whether a skin biopsy,a rather minor procedure which takes minutes, is indicated. ...Read more

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If an enlarged suspicious lymphnode biopsy has "miscellaneous positive markers" one being cd200, what could that indicate?

If an enlarged suspicious lymphnode biopsy has "miscellaneous positive markers" one being cd200, what could that indicate?

Nothing: This marks some of the normal lymphocytes in a healthy lymph node. Any pathologist worthy of the name will have given a diagnosis -- malignant or not, or under further evaluation, need more studies. Don't trouble yourself with the markers or arcana of how we're doing it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I've had a 2cm fibrodemanoma 4 a year, didn't get any follow ups after biopsy but lately i've been getting a lot of sharp shooting pains around area?

Up to you: You already have diagnosis is not going to go away , if you are getting ' shooting pains around ' get it removed , it is simple same day surgical procedure , will leave minimum scar. ...Read more

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After biopsy, have it checked, then find out it's dangerous.What will be the next step?If nothing to worry the biopsy you had will leave it like that?

Need more info: It's difficult to answer you question without additional details. Perhaps you could resubmit your question with additional information, such as the reason for the biopsy, site of the biopsy, results of biopsy, and the condition of the biopsy site. ...Read more

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Core biopsy of 4 mm lesion. Path report said each core was 8-9mm. Do they also take out surrounding tissue also? Do they know to not just look at that

Core biopsy of 4 mm lesion. Path report said each core was 8-9mm. Do they also take out surrounding tissue also? Do they know to not just look at that

Yes: It is not unusual for a breast biopsy to have normal surrounding tissue especially for a small sized lesion such as this (4mm). The important thing is the radiologist is confident they sampled the lesion and that what the pathologist sees is concordinant with the radiologist's impression and target. ...Read more