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

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Do prostate biopsies usually cause side effects?

Do prostate biopsies usually cause side effects?

Yes: The most common side effects are short term such as bleeding in the urine, bleeding in the stool, and blood in the sperm. Occasionally, a serious rectal infection can occur. Long term side are very rare. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of duodenum biopsies? Will the duodenum heal? Dr took multiple samples measuring a total of 2.5x0.3x0.2cm. Why so much?

What are the side effects of duodenum biopsies? Will the duodenum heal? Dr took multiple samples measuring a total of 2.5x0.3x0.2cm. Why so much?

Minmal: Usually a very small amount of bleeding will occur at the biopsy site. Main hazard is if the biopsy includes a small artery, which can bleed more seriously, or if the biopsy pokes a hole in the bowel wall, which causes peritonitis. Both of these complications are immediately obvious. ...Read more

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3 swollen node's (neck) for 5 years. Test's all OK. Dr says too small to biopsy, not willing to remove 1cm nodes. No other side effects. Worrying?

3 swollen node's (neck) for 5 years. Test's all OK. Dr says too small to biopsy, not willing to remove 1cm nodes. No other side effects. Worrying?

Stop worrying: Leave them alone. They're your friends. They're protecting you from microbes you've met in the past. Every young adult has palpable lymph nodes in the neck. Malignant nodes are obviously abnormal -- either stony-hard, or fixed to stuff, or growing preposterously. Be thankful for good health and stop reading internet scare stuff. ...Read more

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Does an epinepherine endometrial adrenaline injection side effects last? And for how long? I had a biopsy today and they injected me inside my cervix.

Does an epinepherine endometrial adrenaline injection side effects last? And for how long? I had a biopsy today and they injected me inside my cervix.

Not likely: It sounds like they injected some Lidocaine with Epinephrine in your cervix today for a biopsy/colposcopy? Those medications they infected have a super short 1/2 life, meaning they don't stay in your system for very long at all. Definitely all gone by the time you wrote this question. No lasting side effects. Hope biopsy comes back normal! ...Read more

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I'm scheduled to have a lip biopsy to rule out Sjorgens worried about the pain afterwords and side effects and will they be able get enough tissues?

I'm scheduled to have a lip biopsy to rule out Sjorgens worried about the pain afterwords and side effects and will they be able get enough tissues?

Should be mild: The side effects should be mild. It really depends on what type of medical condition you have, what is found with the biopsy, and whether it can make a diagnostic difference ...Read more

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Had a lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease what is some side effects?

Had a lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease what is some side effects?

Depends...: Did you have an open lung biopsy or a biopsy via bronchoscopy? The more common is via bronchoscopy and the side effects of this include coughing up some blood, which should be small amounts and should stop after a few days. Other possible side effects include low grade fever, cough. If you are coughing significant amounts of blood, high fever or short of breath, then you need to go to the er. ...Read more

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