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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
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
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
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
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
Brain biopsy: Within a few days unless there are other medical reasons. ...Read more
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
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
Is it normal for a 76 year old male to be extremely weak after having a brain biopsy, which turned out to be cancer stage 4?
How much blood from the entrance/wound area shouldbe expected 24 hours after stereotatic brain biopsy (ct immediately after was clear)?
Wife had brain biopsy 1 week ago,now has ringing in ears, headache,nausea,etc. Should we demand to see neurosurgeon regarding spinal headache?
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
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
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