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Hematoma After Stereotactic Biopsy
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
How long should it take a breast to heal after a stereotactic biopsy with 2 needle sticks: 3cm & 12cm? If there's a hematoma?
Hematoma: Hematoma complicating a breast biospy will take 6 to 8 weeks to resolve, depending on how large the hematoma is. Use a support bra. Report to your provider if the area becomes warm, red or drains as infected hematoma can occur. Hope the pathology is benign. Be well. ...Read more
I had a stereotactic biopsy 4 months ago. I have had intermittent discomfort where it was done. I have a small lump there now that wasn't there before?
Absolutely: Stereotactic guidance is frequently used to guide breast needle biopsies particularly of microcalcifications. If a lesion can be seen under ultrasound, that is usually preferred for guidance since the positioning and lack of need for compression is easier for patient and breast surgeon. ...Read more
Computerized locati: The suspicious density, seen in x-ray but can not be felt, this area is located in two or more planes, marked, computer guided needle enters, at the marked site and takes biopsy, radio opaque, marker is placed for future reference, that biopsy was taken from correct location, then simple small dressing will be applied. ...Read more
Had stereotactic biopsy with complication. Took 40 plus mammogram views to capture. Is this safe? Biopsy was benign but worry this many views is bad.
Worth it: I'm glad you're thinking about this. Medical exposure is a large source of radiation. In this case, you needed the biopsy. The 40 mammos increases your cancer risk, but by a tiny amount. And the dose for a stereotactic biopsy is much less than a regular mammogram. Go to www. Xrayrisk. Com to calculate the risk; it's less than 0.2%, and that's an overestimate! ...Read more
Sometimes: In general biopsy of a lesion is confirmed by imaging prior to and even sometimes during the procedure. However, even with these precautions sometimes the lesion is missed. In addition, sometimes there are multiple lesions, in those cases the physician must chose which he believes gives the best chance of obtaining a diagnosis. Speak with the physician and ask what why the location was changed. ...Read more
Due for colonoscopy. Hemorrhaged after stereotactic biopsy. Nurse said I was a bleeder. Is it safe to have a colonoscopy if I'm a bleeder?
Bleeding: If you truly have a history of excessive bleeding, then please see your doctor first for an evaluation of your bleeding status. Likely, you are perfectly normal and the biopsy just happened to disrupt an unruly vessel. However, some simple blood tests can put the question to rest prior to your colonoscopy. If there is any problem, your colonoscopist needs to know prior to the procedure. ...Read more
Not to...: ..Find it but to diagnose it. You need to know there is something there in order to do a biopsy. ...Read more
Yes: Stereotactic biopsy is used very frequently to biopsy nonpalpable mammographic abnormalities. Prior to this technique, the only option was to place a wire into the breast in the vicinity of the abnormality, followed by surgical excision. Stereotactic bx requires only local anesthesia and is done thru a pinhole incision, yielding the same results. ...Read more
Had a stereotactic biopsy on micro calcifications that proved negative for cancer. Told have to do mammo every 6 mo to evaluate calcifications. Why?
It is common: To do a 6 month follow up to assess for any changes following a biopsy, but it would be very unusual for anyone to recommend indefinite 6 month follow ups. Perhaps you misunderstood? Talk to your doc. ...Read more
How do they find cancer in breast with stereotactic biopsy? What method they use to find cancer in breast?
3 D visualization: A stereotactic mammogram takes 2 simultaneous views of the breast and a computer creates a 3-d image, much like what our brain does with the views from both eyes. With the help of the image, a needle can be guided to the precise site of the mass in question to take a sample. ...Read more
I can feel my breast lump higher in my breast than I could before my stereotactic biopsy. Could it have moved, or is it likely bigger?
Likely larger: There may be some blood collection in the lump after the biopsy. The swelling will go down in the next few days. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Had Hida scan for gallstones & months later multiple mammos for stereotactic biopsy (calcification-benign)-dangers to all this radiation?
The danger is tiny:
The risk of induced cancer from a HIDA scan and dozens of mammogram images is incredibly small. In fact, some would claim the risk could barely be calculated reliably. See: http://www. Riainvision. Com/exams/hida_scan. Aspx Note, we all get x ray radiation naturally every day.
There is real risk with repeated studies such as CT scans. For instance, one CT study of the chest equals 100 chest x rays. ...Read more
A week ago I had a stereotactic biopsy on my breast the results turned out to be a benign lymph node. Since then I have formed a large golf ball sized lump at the site. Is this dangerous? Go to er?
Likely OK: Most likely you have developed a collection of blood (hematoma) at the site of biopsy. This is common after a stereotactic biopsy and should slowly resolve over the next few weeks. There is nothing in particular to do. It may be tender for a while but this should resolve with time as well. However, if you have any new or worsening symptoms at any point, consult your physician. Best of luck to you. ...Read more
disadvantage: it can take several months for it to work, several sessions, risk of causing a cancer, etc.
Depending on the size, location, symptoms, etc. Embolization, surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery are some of the ways to treat avm. A consultation with neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, radiation oncologist can determine, what is the best way to treat your condition. ...Read more
Kidney Biopsy: I've seen this kind of pain last up to 6 weeks but that was in someone who had some really bad bleeding afterwards. I would say the normal amount of time to have some pain is 2 weeks. What is critical is this - is the pain slowly resolving? If so, you are recovering. The actual blood that has been lost will reabsorb over about a 2-3 weeks. ...Read more
Targeted radiation: Cyberknife® is an entirely new approach to stereotactic radiosurgery because it can deliver targeted radiation to anywhere in the body, while minimizing exposure to surrounding normal tissue. It offers all of the advantages of radiosurgery, but without the need for a metal head frame. With sub-millimeter accuracy, cyberknife® can be used to treat tumors, cancers, vascular abnormalities and more. ...Read more
Still debated: There is a lot of data that suggests that cavernous malformations are not effectively treated by stereotactic radiosurgery. Surgery is the preferred treatment for cavernous malformations that are accessible. There are some reports that some cavernous malformations may be stabilized by stereotactic radiosurgery, that is their tendency to bleed may be attenuated. ...Read more
Please see this published, peer-reviewed abstract for a good summary of what I think our current understanding of the role of radiosurgery in the treatment of cavernous malformations is:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/24093575
good luck with your decision. ...Read more
Radiosurgery: A controversial subject as historically radiosurgery was not effective on cavernous malformations and not recommended. There have been some recent papers suggesting an effect might be possible but there are no definitive answers yet for this form of treatment ...Read more
Yes: Generally speaking, abnormal blood vessels formation such as cavernous malformation or aterio-venous malformation can be treated with surgery, embolization or stererotactic radiosurgery (srs). Intracranial lesions are risky because bleeding from those can cause stroke or even death. Srs with gamma knife or linear based external srs are both effective. Contact neurosurgery and radiation docs. ...Read more
Usually nothing: A hematoma is a collection of blood that collects in a space where a procedure was performed. It is common for a hematoma to form. If there is alot of bleeding, you may have a larger hematoma. In most cases, they can be monitored and will resolve on their own after 2-3 months. If is causes discomfort, then you may need evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more
Radiation treatment: Stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-surgical treatment in which high doses of focused radiation beams are delivered from multiple locations outside the body to destroy a tumor or lesion within the body. This procedure does not remove the tumor or lesion. Instead, it destroys tumor cells or stops the growth of active tissue. ...Read more
Radiation Centers: Stereotactic radiosurgery refers to the procedure where a few (3-5) doses of high-dose very-precise radiation can be used to treat certain cancers in the brain, lungs, liver, etc. This option is not avaliable at all radiation centers and specailized machines like the cyberknife are often used. It is best to discuss with your treating doctors to check the results with the center in your area. ...Read more
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
If you feel like: There might be a problem, I would call. Why worry or speculate? ...Read more