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Is one sedated for a needle biopsy on the breast?

Is one sedated for a needle biopsy on the breast?

No: The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. It is generally a well tolerated, and relatively quick, procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Needle Biopsy (Definition)

A needle biopsy (or fine needle aspiration) is a procedure whereby a thin needle (similar to one the is used for drawing blood), is guided into a lesion and cells are obtained and then placed immediately onto a glass slide for evaluation under the microscope. Unlike a biopsy where "chunks" of tissue are obtained, a fna often obtains only several drops of fluid that ...Read more


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Hoping you can tell me, is needle biopsy of the breast painful?

Hoping you can tell me, is needle biopsy of the breast painful?

Not very: These are done with local anesthesia and with very thin needles. After the anesthesia wears off you will be a little sore but not too much. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about this. ...Read more

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Breast needle biopsy - what to expect in the procedure?

Breast needle biopsy - what to expect in the procedure?

Brief discomfort: A needle biopsy involves insertion of a hollow needle into the site where the lump or abnormality is located, and then extraction of a small amount of breast tissue into the core of the needle. The doctor will numb the skin first. There is a small amount of discomfort, usually, but nothing severe. You do not need sedation or anesthesia for this procedure. ...Read more

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Does a breast needle biopsy hurt a lot?

Usually no: Generally a local anesthetic medication is used that may cause very brief discomfort, like a shot, then the area becomes numb. Some feel a mild pressure sensation during the procedure itself, and there s usually little soreness after the local anesthetic wears off later. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me procedure for a breast needle biopsy?

Can anyone tell me procedure for a breast needle biopsy?

Depends: There several types. Fine needle (fna), small and large bore core needle biopsies. Fna is the least invasive and equivalent to cores but only if done by an expert trained in this technique. As that skill is rare in the us, cores are much more common. Small cores are usually done under local for masses while large cores are used for mammographically detected lesions, also under local. ...Read more

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If you ever had a breast needle biopsy, will your breast look the same afterwards?

Needle biopsy: There may be a very small, fine scar which tends to fade with time. Only a small skin nick is necessary for the procedure. ...Read more

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Is breast needle biopsy safe, and how many biopsies can they take from one breast?

Safe: It is very safe. Less than 1% complication rate (infection, bleeding). Multiple biopsies can be performed, , usually between 3-10 samples taken ...Read more

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What does a breast fine needle biopsy feel like?

What does a breast fine needle biopsy feel like?

Minimal pain: A fine needle biopsy is performed with a needle about the same size as is used to draw blood and it hurts only a little bit more. Many surgeons, such as myself, will use local anesthesia to decrease this pain further. Nowadays, it is much more common to have a core needle biopsy, which will give us a lot more information with only a little more discomfort. ...Read more

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What does fine needle biopsy of the breast tell you?

Cancer or not: A fine needle biopsy of the breast is done when there is a lump or bump the surgeon can feel. A hollow needle is put into the lump to get some cells, which are then looked at under the microscope. If there is a cancer, the fine needle biopsy might diagnose it, but it's not 100%. Other things such as fibrocystic breast disease or fibroadenoma (benign lump) can be diagnosed this way. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of needle breast biopsies? My mom says she had a “core needle biopsy.” is that the same as a plain “needle biopsy”?

Are there different kinds of needle breast biopsies? My mom says she had a “core needle biopsy.” is that the same as a plain “needle biopsy”?

Yes to 1st?: A core needle biopsy is a special needle that is larger and takes large pieces of breast tissue. It is very accurate. Plain needle biopsy is probably referring to a fine needle biopsy. This is a smaller needle and does not get actual pieces of breast tissue. It gets cells for cytology which is not as accurate as a core biopsy. ...Read more

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Breast lump, core needle biopsy, I am 17 female, please help?

Breast lump, core needle biopsy, I am 17 female, please help?

The probability: Is, at your age, it will be benign. You may have to wait several days for the results, but keep in mind that the odds are in your favor by a wide margin. ...Read more

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How long is the wait to get results from a needle biopsy on a breast tumor?

How long is the wait to get results from a needle biopsy on a breast tumor?

Breast biopsy: Usually the wait us only a few days, less than a work week. ...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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What is a complex breast cyst, and why would an aspiration, and core needle biopsy be recommended?

What is a complex breast cyst, and why would an aspiration, and core needle biopsy be recommended?

To rule out cancer.: A complex cyst means it is not a simple sac filled with liquid (like a water balloon). Think of a water balloon filled with some smaller water balloons, pebbles, and dirt. This can hide cancer, which is why you need a biopsy. Make sense? ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to get a pathology report back from a fine needle biopsy or the breast?

How long does it usually take to get a pathology report back from a fine needle biopsy or the breast?

Usually 1-2 days: Depending on the time of day and the schedule of the lab technicians, preliminary FNA results could be available as early as the next day. ...Read more

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I had no choice but to have my breast implants removed in 2012 after having a needle biopsy done just above my left breast please help?

I had no choice but to have my breast implants removed in 2012 after having a needle biopsy done just above my left breast please help?

See Surgeon: If you are considering additional breast surgery, for example breast re augmentation, I would suggest that you meet with board certified plastic surgeons to discuss your goals. Ask to see lots of examples of their work and select your plastic surgeon carefully. Communicate your goals carefully as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does a breast cyst always need a needle biopsy radiology doc just suggest to do a follow up u/s and mamm in 6 months to make sure cyst has not grown?

Does a breast cyst always need a needle biopsy radiology doc just suggest to do a follow up u/s and mamm in 6 months to make sure cyst has not grown?

No: A simple breast cyst or cyst with a single thin septation is very common and does not require biopsy or follow up. If it has a more suspicious feature (such a internal nodule, thick septation, etc.), then biopsy would be preferable to follow up.

If a breast cyst is benign in appearance, it can still be therapeutically drained under ultrasound guidance to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Left breast, irregular area nodule 1.9x1.8x1.3 cm Located 2 & 2/3 inches from nipple. Needle biopsy recommended. Dense breast area?

Biopsy: If a new breast nodule was noted then a mammogram and or breast sonogram should be done to confirm. If the findings on the study indicated a biopsy should be done then I would recommend following that advice. Most breast masses are benign but it is certainly a good idea to prove it. ...Read more

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I have a 2cm solid breast mass within a 4cm soft tissue breast mass. The soft tissue is okay apparently but the dr has done a fine needle biopsy today on the solid mass. What is the likelihood of this being cancerous?

I have a 2cm solid breast mass within a 4cm soft tissue breast mass. The soft tissue is okay apparently but the dr has done a fine needle biopsy today on the solid mass. What is the likelihood of this being cancerous?

Low likelihood: The answer to this depends on a lot of factors, such as family history, your ethnicity, smoking history and the number of pregnancies you've had. Overall the likelihood that it is cancer is low but your doctor did the right thing to biopsy it. Breast cancer detected early is very treatable. ...Read more

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I have ra, I had a mass on my chest, so they did ct-guided needle biopsy where the thymus is! Doc has told me its not sarcoid, but could be lymphoma?

I have ra, I had a mass on my chest, so they did ct-guided needle biopsy where the thymus is! Doc has told me its not sarcoid, but could be lymphoma?

Thymus: May be the source of the mass, and it could be invasive ornon-invasive. Thymomais associated with rheumatologic/auto-immune conditions. Lymphoma is another prospect, more rare are germ cell tumors (teratoma) and substernal thyroid. Sarcoid can involve any node bearing areas. ...Read more

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Should there be little or no pain after a needle breast biopsy?

Should there be little or no pain after a needle breast biopsy?

Yes: If you had a core needle or fine needle biopsy, the pain is minimal for most people (pain is subjective and different for everyone). In many cases there is swelling that naturally occurs because of the procedure. This can cause some pain that resolves in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Are u/s guided core needle biopsies accurate for suspicious breast areas? How often do they miss and get normal tissue instead of the area of concern?

Yes: They are very accurate in hands of a competent breast radiologist. If there is a discrepant result between the pathologist's finding and the radiologists impression, it should likely be rebiopsied or at the very least closely followed. ...Read more

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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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Dr used 18 gauge core needle u/s guided biopsy for 5 mm breast lesion. 4 samples were obtained. What does that mean?

Dr used 18 gauge core needle u/s guided biopsy for 5 mm breast lesion. 4 samples were obtained. What does that mean?

Breast biopsy: The "18 gauge" refers to the diameter of the core biopsy obtained (a lower number is a thicker biopsy). The "4" refers to the number of tissue samples obtained of the 5 mm. Lesion that was presumably identified by imaging. Assuming the pathology results correlate with the imaging findings, you and your care providers should feel comfortable that they are addressing the lesion appropriately. ...Read more

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Dr used 18 gauge needle for breast core biopsy because lesion was small (4x7mm). Results were benign. Does this make sense?

Sure,,: This just means you've had a breast biopsy that yielded benign tissue from this lesion indicating that it is of a benign type of lesion. You can discuss with your doctor what you want to do next, like take it out depending on where in your breast it's located. Best if luck. ...Read more

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Does it happen often that a core needle breast biopsy will get nothing or just blood when they go in to get a sample, instead of tissue?

Does it happen often that a core needle breast biopsy will get nothing or just blood when they go in to get a sample, instead of tissue?

It has to get some: Tissue. If the doctor happened to get an insufficient sample, he/she would simply take more samples. Sometimes if there is excessive bleeding, the biopsy needs to be stopped, but this would only occur after at least one sample was taken, and it is not a common occurrence. If the lesion is "missed" for some reason, also not very common, the pathology will at least show normal breast tissue. ...Read more

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Does a core needle breast biopsy make a tumor smaller or would it stay pretty much the same size but have holes in it from where they took tissue out?

It depends on the: Size of the tumor. If it is only 5mm or less, it may be completely removed. If it is slightly larger than that, it may be smaller afterwards. If it is large, the core biopsy will have no perceptible impact on the size. The core bx only removes a very thin cylinder of tissue. ...Read more

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What are the lumps supposed to go away after a fine needle breast biopsy?

? cyst: The most likely lesion to "go away" after a fine needle aspiration (FNA) would be a cyst. A cyst is a fluid filled lesion. Once the fluid is removed (aspirated), the cyst collapses and disappears on imaging and exam. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more