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How Long Does It Usually Take To Get Back Biopsy Results
Several days: Depending on the test, 1-14 days usually. ...Read more
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
A few days: Depending on what the biopsy is for, the initial results (gross micro) will come back in a few days. If the biopsy is for something more specific like tumors, infection, then the permanent results can take up to a week depending on additional stains or final culture results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two days to a week: If it is a routine histological examination by the pathologist it will take less than 48 hours. It takes one day to fix the tissue and the next day the slides are examined under the microscope and the pathologist dictates it out. It could be as early as 48 hour or more than a week if you need special stains performed. ...Read more
It's complex: Lymph node biopsies often require additional types of testing compared to other biopsies. In addition to looking at the cells under the microscope, the cells often need to be analyzed using specialized techniques. Sometimes molecular testing is also performed. All of these pieces are integrated together making the process a little longer than other biopsies. ...Read more
~48hrs: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take for lymph node biopsy results to come back? (been a week) is no news always good news? X
Soon: Lymph node biopsies often require additional testing compared to other biopsies. In addition to looking at the cells under the microscope, the cells often need to be analyzed using special techniques. Then these pieces of information are integrated together making the process a little longer than other biopsies. By a week though, the results should be very soon. Your doc may receive them first. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on what was biopsied and where. Usually about a week but sometimes special tests are done and it takes longer. ...Read more
A thank you to all the docs that helped me. I had my polypectomy/ biopsy results today. Totally benign! i can get back to living again now. :)?
You are welcome: We enjoy working with people like yourself. While it's nice to be thanked, it's even better to know that you have had a good outcome. ...Read more
Doctor told me scalp biopsy results going to take 30 days. On day 28. Why so long? What are they looking for/what cultures that long?
Unusual biopsy: A routine biopsy is usually examined and reported by most pathologists in 1-2 days unless special studies are required for the definitive diagnosis like specific protein or DNA analysis but even those rarely take more than 1-2 weeks. However, although your doctor's office might have already received the biopsy result, the dr himself/herself may not have a chance to look at it till your next appoi ...Read more
My colonoscopy showed sigmoid inflam and edema. Doc left a message today and he had my biopsy results, that everything's fine, and to call back. Couldn't reach him. Can i take "fine" to mean "not ibd?
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