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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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How long does it usually take to get a breast biopsy result?

How long does it usually take to get a breast biopsy result?

2-3 days: I hope you had a core needle biopsy, which is the standard-small incision. These results should be available in 2-3 days. A surgical biopsy should rarely be performed as the first step. These can take 3-5 days to get back results. ...Read more

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Biopsy results take how long to get? 5 days?

Biopsy results take how long to get? 5 days?

1 to 2 days: A biopsy is usually processed and reported in 24 to 48 hours. The things that could delay that is if the biopsy goes to a lab in another state for processing. At worst, this should only add another 24 hours to the entire process. ...Read more

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Biopsy results? How long does it typically take to get results from a biopsy?

Biopsy results? How long does it typically take to get results from a biopsy?

Depends: It all depends on what the biopsy is of, what they are looking for, and if a referral to another pathologist is needed to make a diagnosis. Biopsy results can take anywhere from one day to several weeks. ...Read more

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How long can it take to get bone biopsy results?

How long can it take to get bone biopsy results?

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 more

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How long will it take to get my liver biopsy results?

How long will it take to get my liver biopsy results?

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

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How long dose it take to a lymph node biopsy result back?

How long dose it take to a lymph node biopsy result back?

Usually a couple of: Days. Uncomplicated lymph node biopsy can be read with a couple of days of the biopsy. However special tests may take longer, even a couple of weeks depending on the investigation needed. ...Read more

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Why does it take so long to get lymph node biopsy results?

Why does it take so long to get lymph node biopsy results?

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

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How long do lymph node biopsy results take to come back?

~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 more

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How long does it take for lymph node biopsy results to come back? (been a week) is no news always good news? X

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

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How long does it take to get the bone marrow biopsy results?

How long does it take to get the bone marrow biopsy results?

Depends: It depends on the expected diagnosis. A metastatic tumor may be detected in three days or so. Workup of a hematologic disorder often requires multiple tests and may take a week or longer. ...Read more

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How long does it take for breast biopsy result to come back?

How long does it take for breast biopsy result to come back?

24-72 hours: In most cases, results from a biopsy are back in 1-3 days if it is a core needle biopsy. Surgical biopsies (which should not be the first option) take 5-7 days. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a breast biopsy result to come back?

How long does it take for a breast biopsy result to come back?

1-2 Days: There are few things as anxiety-provoking as waiting for a biopsy result to return. If prioritized appropriately, there is no reason why the result should take more than 1-2 (working) days. Please ask this before the biopsy. ...Read more

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I'm so afraid it might be the big c, so how long do biopsy results take?

I'm so afraid it might be the big c, so how long do biopsy results take?

Depends: Depends on what was biopsied and where. Usually about a week but sometimes special tests are done and it takes longer. ...Read more

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How long do breast biopsy results take?

How long do breast biopsy results take?

It depends: on the logistics of the biopsy center and the pathology lab. Anywhere from 2 to 5 days, average probably 3 days. ...Read more

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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?

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