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What is a gum biopsy and what does it tell you?

What is a gum biopsy and what does it tell you?

Sampling: The gum is part of your mouth (around the teeth). A biopsy of it is usually done to try and document a specific disease or process. There are hundreds of reasons to do a biopsy, so you should probably wait for the pathologist to give you a result before you move further forward in the process. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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I had a biopsy of the gum tissue, it came bk with traces off bruising please wot causes that 2 happen thankyou?

I had a biopsy of the gum tissue, it came bk with traces off bruising please wot causes that 2 happen thankyou?

Biopsy results: The best person to answer this question for you is the dentist who took the biopsy. He\she knows your complete medical and dental history and has personally examined you as well. We can only give you a list of possibilities while your own dentist can either determine the exact cause or give you a pretty good educated guess. Discuss this issue with your dentist. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my gum. Dr. Took x-rays and says its probably an abscess but wants to biopsy it. Is a biopsy necessary to determine an abscess?

I have a lump in my gum. Dr. Took x-rays and says its probably an abscess but wants to biopsy it. Is a biopsy necessary to determine an abscess?

Depends: A typical abscess is not biopsied, but if the dentist is suspicious of it being something other than an abscess, it is often a good idea to rule out other diseases. If you are not sure, ask your doctor to clarify or see a dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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My dentist seen a black spot that is in the upper part of my gums. Said it doesn't look cancerous but wants me to still have a biopsy. Why is this?

My dentist seen a black spot that is in the upper part of my gums. Said it doesn't look cancerous but wants me to still have a biopsy. Why is this?

Several choices: It might be an area of increased pigment like a freckle, amalgam stain from when a mercury filling was placed, or melanoma. Definitely would have ENT or oral surgeon look at it. ...Read more

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Have a small black spot on my gums. Just showed up in dentist checkup. Having biopsied. Could it be something harmful or harmless. It's freaking meout?

Have a small black spot on my gums. Just showed up in dentist checkup. Having biopsied. Could it be something harmful or harmless. It's freaking meout?

Wait for results: The cause behind dark spots on your gums can be harmless or deadly, depending on its nature. Some oral cancers manifest as dark spots in their early stages, and some of the causes of serious gum disease can also lead to the existence of dark spots or formations on your teeth and gums.
The biopsy will give a definitive answer. ...Read more

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A lesion was removed on my gum, it did not show on the c scan, I have to wait for the biopsy to find out if it a cyst or a blood vessel or what, Why?

A lesion was removed on my gum, it did not show on the c scan, I have to wait for the biopsy to find out if it a cyst or a blood vessel or what, Why?

Yes!!: Examining tissue is the most accurate way to determine the type of lesion you have.
The specimen obtained needs to be processed and then examined under microscope. This takes time.
Be patient, take a deep breath, and lets hope for good news. ...Read more

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0.5 lymph node in neck for more than a year doc said it can be due to gum infection should I get a biopsy? No other symptoms

0.5 lymph node in neck for more than a year doc said it can be due to gum infection should I get a biopsy? No other symptoms

Leave it alone: All young adult have at least one palpable node, usually more. If it's stable and not obviously abnormal, it's almost certainly your friend. ...Read more

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If u have swollen cheek redline on ur top gum wiv couple white spots@hot sorness on palate sameside havin biopsy wed? Codeine hlps a little help?

If u have swollen cheek redline on ur top gum wiv couple white spots@hot sorness on palate sameside havin biopsy wed? Codeine hlps a little help?

What is your questio: You apparently are handling this well with a biopsy. It may be an infection from one of yur teeth. Have a dentist take x-rays of this area to determine if a tooth is the cause. ...Read more

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Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? Had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy

Is there any link between oral cancer and thyroid cancer? Had papillary thyroid cancer now suspicious white/red patch on gums that needs biopsy

Not aware: Not aware of any link, but if you have a lesion in your mouth that is different from your normal looking gum, go see a doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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How big is a biopsy?

How big is a biopsy?

Small, 4mm.: This is usually small, like 4mm for a punch biopsy. Others might be bigger, like breast tissue can be 3-4 cm in greatest dimension. ...Read more

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How does a biopsy work?

Laboratory: First you obtain a sample of the tissue or fluid. Second to send it to the pathology laboratory for identification, benign or malignant, classification if malignant, then for referral for treatment, even if not malignant. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about biopsies?

What can you tell me about biopsies?

Part of life: Everybody gets tissue sent to the pathologist from time to time for diagnosis. Cancer is essentially never diagnosed without a biopsy, and any lesion suspected of being cancer will be biopsied. Any skin lesion that can't be identified at once will get biopsied, any serious blood problem gets a marrow biopsy, and one woman in 2 will get a breast biopsy during her lifetime. What else can we tell you ...Read more

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What does the s/p in s/p biopsy mean?

What does the s/p in s/p biopsy mean?

Status post: "Status post" something means that "something" had been done. For example, s/p biopsy means a biopsy had been done, and s/p bone marrow biopsy means a bone marrow biopsy had been done. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with a biopsy?

What risks are associated with a biopsy?

Very limited: Bleeding, infection, tracking and nerve damage are the most frequent complications, although very rare. Depends on what is being biopsied and how: brain with a craniotomy is very different from a fine needle aspiration of a soft tissue lipoma (fatty tumor). If it is under radiology guidance (ct or us), a lung collapse is possible. So, while site dependent, you are probably going to be just fine. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: biopsy?

Tissue sample: 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). This can guide treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get a biopsy n am scared?

Depends on type: Best thing to do is talk to your physician. A good physician should (in easily understood language) answer any questions you have about the biopsy to your satisfaction, and most importantly, be able to educate you in regards to the benefits and any potential complications of the procedure. Usually, biopsies have minimal risk associated with the procedure, depending on the site. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of fnac vs core biopsy?

Cells vs tissue: Fnacuses a small needle to dislodge cells to see I they are malignant. Requires expertise of a cytopathologist to get accurate readings.
Core biopsy uses much larger needles to obtain tissue and will be more accurate but may be more uncomfortable and occasionally lead to some bleeding. ...Read more

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I have to get a biopsy. I am scared and don't now what to expect?

This is normal.: Having concerns about a pending medical procedure is ok. There are many types of biopsies. Ask the doctor or other provider who is going to perform the biopsy to explain in detail and aswer any questions that you have. Having a better understanding of the specific procedure may help to calm and reassure you. Be well. ...Read more

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Why do stereotaxic biopsy?

To get a diagnosis: A stereotactic biopsy is indicated when a lump or an abnormal proliferation is detected on clinical or radiologic exams. Teh purpuse is to collect tissue that, after processing, will be evaluated under the microscope by a pathologist and a diagnosis will be rendered. Based on this diagnosis, your doctor will know how to treat you. ...Read more

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