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Should I be concerned about a bruise following a core breast biopsy 4 days ago that now has about 50 small white dots around the edges? The white spo

Should I be concerned about a bruise following a core breast biopsy 4 days ago that now has about 50 small white dots around the edges?  The white spo

Your question: Was cut off. Bruising 4 days after a core breast biopsy is expected. Not sure what the "white dots" signify. Are they directly under where the dressing/steri-strip was? If you are concerned, call your doc, he/she might want to take a look. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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After a needle breast biopsy, why would there be bruising directly opposite the incision as well as close to the incision, but only in these 2spots?

After a needle breast biopsy, why would there be bruising directly opposite the incision as well as close to the incision, but only in these 2spots?

Post biosy bruising: More information would be needed to answer completely. Bruising typically occurs when there is some oozing of blood near the biopsy site. If the biopsy was very deep, near the skin on the opposite side of the breast, this could cause bleeding at the entry site and at the actual biopsy site. Typically, this is more likely with MRI or stereotactic biopsy. ...Read more

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Had core breast biopsy 4 weeks ago. The spot they took the sample of is still tender to touch. Is that normal? No bruising seen from the outside.

Had core breast biopsy 4 weeks ago. The spot they took the sample of is still tender to touch. Is that normal? No bruising seen from the outside.

It's: A bit too long...However, I would give it another 2 weeks maximum and then get a hands on check by the surgeon who performed the biopsy!

Hope this is helpful
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Worried that the breast biopsy(which was benign breast tissue) I had which caused bruising and inflammation will lead to breast cancer. Can it?

Worried that the breast biopsy(which was benign breast tissue) I had which caused bruising and inflammation will lead to breast cancer. Can it?

No,: There is no evidence that indicates there is any chance of that. They ask about breast biopsies in risk assessment not because the biopsies themselves cause cancer, but because having breast biopsies indicates that the breasts themselves have suspicious or equivocal findings already. ...Read more

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What happens during a breast biopsy?

Sample removed: Three ways of doing a breast biopsy: direct, ultrasound, or stereotactic guidance. With all of these, the area of the skin is anesthetized, and then a needle is inserted into the lump/mass, the mechanism fired, and tissue is removed. It is usually 1 to 2 cm in length and 0.1 cm in width. The pathologist will interpret and give a result. Limited risk, limited complications. A straightforward test. ...Read more

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How painful is it to have a breast biopsy?

Not painful: There are 2 types of breast biopies. One is minimally invasive where the area of interest is sampled by taking a few pieces of it and the other is surgical where the entire area of interest is removed.

The minimally invasive techniques are not painful. You are awake and local anesthesia is used. You can even drive yourself to and from the biopsy. ...Read more

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What are some inherent risks of a breast biopsy?

Infection/bleeding: Although infection and bleeding are the most common risks of a core needle biopsy or fine needle aspiration, larger breast biopsies can be associated with seroma formation (large pockets of fluid that do not resolve). Other risks are less common. ...Read more

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Small lump after breast biopsy, is it a hematoma?

Small lump after breast biopsy, is it a hematoma?

unlikely: Most probably, after breast biopsy patient has focal hemorrhage and small area of fat necrosis, as previous site of biopsy. Breast tissue predominantly fatty and does not reveal large blood vessels and ussually no hematomas after biopsy.
A hematoma or haematoma, is a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels, usually in liquid form within the tissue. ...Read more

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If you have a breast biopsy does the needle go threw your nipple or breast?

If you have a breast biopsy does the needle go threw your nipple or breast?

No: No, it wouldn't go through the nipple. The needle will go into the breast, but it won't go all the way out the other side. ...Read more

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Is it common to have bloody discharge from your nipple after a breast biopsy?

Is it common to have bloody discharge from your nipple after a breast biopsy?

It is: Possible(but not common), particularly if the lesion being biopsied is intraductal and near the nipple. ...Read more

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What does getting an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy done on my left breast mean?

What does getting an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy done on my left breast mean?

Something on mammo: Your mammogram or clinical exam showed something that requires further investigation. The biopsy will obtain tissue for examination. Once the tissue is examined your physician will discuss the results with you. Be calm and patient. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How long should I expect slight bleeding after an MRI guided core needle breast biopsy?

Couple of days. : Call the doctor who did the biopsy if it does not stop bleeding or if you have a lump forming, which may be a hematoma. You can try a binder such as an ace bandage as well. ...Read more

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Suspicious of something, so my mom should do a breast biopsy. What to do if its cancer?

Wait for the answer: You need to see what the doctor says before you start worrying about the "what ifs". There are too many variables to go through all the possibilities, so first get the information and then try to figure out what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Is vacuum assisted breast biopsy more accurate than just core needle biopsy? Both u/s guided.

Accuracy: Both are highly accurate, 97-99%, in experienced hands. Vacuum assisted may provide a better sample for the pathologist, but standard core can make up for it with more samples. One may be preferred over another in certain particular circumstances. ...Read more

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Lymph node showed up on 3 d mammogram, breast is larger than the other one, should I ask for a breast biopsy?

Lymph node showed up on 3 d mammogram, breast is larger than the other one, should I ask for a breast biopsy?

Biopsy of what ????: There is no specific target and blind of the breast is fruitless.
If in doubt ask your MD and if dissatisfied get 2nd opinion ...Read more

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I just had a breast biopsy, they gave me a sheet have 20% of the chance I will have breast cancer, what does this mean?

I just had a breast biopsy, they gave me a sheet have 20% of the chance I will have breast cancer, what does this mean?

That is probably: A general statement that approximately 20% of breast biopsies are positive, across the board. It is likely not tailored to your specific situation. ...Read more

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Breast biopsy came back completely benign fatty tissue. Dr said to have a repeat ultrasound in three months. Is she lying about the results?

Breast biopsy came back completely benign fatty tissue. Dr said to have a repeat ultrasound in three months. Is she lying about the results?

Unlikely: It would be unlikely for your doctor to lie about your report. But for your assurance you can ask for a copy of your pathology report. In addition, I suggest you follow with the recommended follow up. There may be concerns that the biopsy may not have shown the exact problem and they like to recheck you to make sure a more serious pathology is not missed. If you have any doubt, get another opinion. ...Read more

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I started to faint during stereotactic breast biopsy. It was done in sitting position. How can I prevent this from happening the next time? Sedation?

Vaso-vagal reaction: Not a major problem, as you can avoid this next time by pre-operative medications, and having procedure done in supine posture. ...Read more

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I had an excisional breast biopsy yesterday. Today the site is bright red, hot to the touch, hard, increasingly painful, and I am nauseated. Infected?

I had an excisional breast biopsy yesterday. Today the site is bright red, hot to the touch, hard, increasingly painful, and I am nauseated. Infected?

Biopsy sight: Your interests are best served by having the biopsy site examined by your provider. If it is infected then it can be opened to drain and appropriate antibiotics can be prescribed. ...Read more

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I had a stereo tactic breast biopsy 3 weeks ago. It was negative. Last night I came down with mastitis at the site. I'm on antibiotics. Is this common?

Mastitis: Anytime there is a surgical procedure there is a chance of an infection. Our skin is the ultimate barrier to bacteria that cause infection, many of which live on our skin. When that barrier is broken either by accident or on purpose by a surgical blade or needle those same bacteria can cause an infection. That is despite the best sterile procedure we can do. ...Read more

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I just had a breast biopsy 2 weeks ago and not on the side of the nipple where the incision iis but the opposite side I'm having a pain I'd this norm?

I just had a breast biopsy 2 weeks ago and not on the side of the nipple where the incision iis but the opposite side I'm having a pain I'd this norm?

It could be referred: Pain. When the nerves are cut during the biopsy, it may cause referred pain on the other side. Follow up with your gyn for reassurance. Take care! ...Read more

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Can a breast biopsy hurt?

Patients: Have varying sensitivity to needle biopsy. Local anesthesia can be used liberally, and some patients barely feel anything. Others feel mild discomfort, and a few very sensitive patients may feel more pain. ...Read more

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What's recovery like after a breast biopsy?

Depends on type : Most biopsies today should be needle biopsies (i.e. Core biopsies) which can generally be done in the office under local anesthetic usually with image (ultrasound or stereotactic) guidance. Most patients do fine with over the counter medications with little or no restrictions (if it hurts, don't do it) and can resume usual activities right away. A snug supportive bra provides additional comfort. ...Read more

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What can I expect from getting a breast biopsy?

What can I expect from getting a breast biopsy?

At an office: A core needle biopsy performed by ultrasound or mammogram(stereotactic). It is performed by a surgeon or radiologist using local anesthesia in an office setting. After numbing the skin & tissues, a small cut in made in the skin & a needle is inserted to take samples of tissue. Tape is used to close the skin. It should not be too painful, if so, let them know so they can give more anestetic. ...Read more

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Why does my husband not come to my breast biopsy?

He loves you: It's a mistake to try to second-guess another's thoughts, even the person you love the most. You are committed to one another, and you'll do well always to assume the best. He knows how private and personal this is for you. He is worried about being an embarrassment. He was concerned about losing control because of his own anxiety. But he isn't indifferent. I'm glad you have each other. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: breast biopsy?

Tissue samples: Breast biopsy means obtaining tissue samples from an area of concern in the breast to be sent to the lab to make a diagnosis. This could be from a suspicious lump or a suspicious finding on you mammogram or ultrasound (or mri). The biopsy is obtained using a biopsy needle under imaging guidance. Occasionally an open surgical biopsy may be needed. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Breast Biopsy (Definition)

Breast biopsy means obtaining tissue samples from an area of concern in the breast to be sent to the lab to make a diagnosis. This could be from a suspicious lump or a suspicious finding on you mammogram or ultrasound (or mri). The biopsy is obtained using a biopsy needle under imaging guidance. Occasionally an open surgical ...Read more


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymosis = subcutaneous bleeding covering a diameter ...Read more