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What amount does a brain biopsy cost?

What amount does a brain biopsy cost?

Brain biopsy: Not an easy question to answer as it depends on the location of the biopsy, the length of the surgery and the amount of time in the hospital and operating room - it should not be difficult to get a pre-opeative evaluation and an assessment of what might be the costs. ...Read more

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Biopsy (Definition)

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). ...Read more


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In what way is a brain biopsy performed?

In what way is a brain biopsy performed?

Brain biopsy: When a diagnosis involving the brain is unclear then a brain biopsy is performed. A small burr hole is created in the skull. Then the dura mater is opened to expose the brain. In some cases, computers provide a 3D mapping of the brain to assist the neurosurgeon in localizing the lesion of interest (stereotactic guidance). Then a biopsy needle or a microscope is used to sample the tissue. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to get a brain biopsy?

How dangerous is it to get a brain biopsy?

Never trivial: No procedure is trivial and brain biopsies are never attempted without a compelling reason - that said depending on the location of the lesion they are generally well tolerated with minimal risk. ...Read more

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What is a brain biopsy and how does it work?

See below: Brain biopsy is an uncommon procedure to diagnose brain disorders like tumors, dementia and suspected infections not otherwise diagnosable. The tissue is examined by a pathologist to arrive at a diagnosis. See this site for more info. http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/brain-biopsy. ...Read more

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Help please? How much does a brain biopsy cost?

Brain biopsy: Not an easy question to answer as it depends on where you live, what is your insurance plan and where the biopsy needs to be done. The more complex the biopsy the longer the hospital stay and OR time and this will definitely affect cost. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a brain biopsy? (assuming it is negative)

How long does it take to recover from a brain biopsy? (assuming it is negative)

Short time: A stereotactic biopsy does not take much time to recover from at all (hours to a couple of days). Headache is the most common side effect. Open brain biopsy done via a "burr hole" would take slightly longer -- but both are very standardized and neurosurgeons are the specialists with the longest number of years of training: 9 years after medical school. They know what they are doing. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the after effects, if any, of a brain biopsy?

Should be minimal: A stereotactic brain biopsy is done where a small needle is inserted into the brain under computer guidance. Care is taken to avoid hitting any important structures (blood vessels, nerves). There certainly are risks anytime one is operating in the brain. Depending on the location, there can be weakness/paralysis, and bleeding which can lead to stroke like symptoms, coma, death. ...Read more

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Are hiccups normal after stereotactic brain biopsy? For how long?

Are hiccups normal after stereotactic brain biopsy? For how long?

Not uncommon: Usually self-limited lasting perhaps a few days at most, usually doesn't need meds. If persistent and annoying, contact surgeon, and get this addressed. ...Read more

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How long would i expect to be out of work (office job) after stereotactic brain biopsy?

How long would i expect to be out of work (office job) after stereotactic  brain biopsy?

It depends on: How much you use your brain at work. Sorry, that was too easy. The recuperation is usually quite rapid. I would think the most important factors are what diagnosis is established, is it serious, is more surgery required, and is treatment needed. ...Read more

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Are there risks to taking baclofen to address hiccups post- stereotatic brain biopsy?

Are there risks to taking baclofen to address hiccups post- stereotatic brain biopsy?

Breathing: Baclofen can lead to respiratory depression which can increase co2 levels and thus inter-cranial pressure which can be a problem after any brain surgery. ...Read more

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How much blood from the entrance/wound area shouldbe expected 24 hours after stereotatic brain biopsy (ct immediately after was clear)?

Very little: Stereotactic brain biopsy wounds are typically small in size and hence may ooze several drops of blood. If you are having large amounts of bleeding from your wound, please consult your neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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For how long is the recovery from a brain tumor biopsy?

Depends: Recovery from a stereotactic needle biopsy is very short, just a few days for most symptoms in most patients. Open biopsies or resections which require a craniotomy will have a longer recovery period from a larger wound, usually some weeks. Talk this over with your doctor for specific information relevant to your case. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the recovery from a brain tumor biopsy?

I'm curious as to how long is the recovery from a brain tumor biopsy?

Need more info: It would depend on the method and location of the brain biopsy. It is a great question to ask the person performing the biopsy (a neurosurgeon) before they do so. Also ask about side effects, rules to follow after the biopsy, and when to seek medical attention for any unexpected symptoms. ...Read more

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Could they detect cancer in the brain without a biopsy?

Depends: If a patient has active cancer elsewhere and develops multiple new masses in the brain, most times we assume it's the same thing and do not need a biopsy. If you mean primary brain cancer, sometimes the MRI will be very convincing but as a rule you need to get in there to make the specific diagnosis and attempt to remove it if possible. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could they detect cancer in the brain without a biopsy?

Yes/no: You can identify a mass or masses in the brain with a ct scan or MRI and sometimes you can be very sure it is malignant but you still need tissue for a definite diagnosis, be it from the brain or from another organ where the cancer may also be. ...Read more