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Dr. Douglas Chang
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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How long does it usually take to get back biopsy results?

Dr. Douglas Chang
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Several days: Depending on the test, 1-14 days usually. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Board Certified, Breast Surgery
18 years in practice
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How long does it usually take to get a breast biopsy result?

Dr. Regina Hampton
Board Certified, Breast Surgery
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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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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
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Biopsy results? How long does it typically take to get results from a biopsy?

Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
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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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Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
Board Certified, Pathology
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Biopsy results take how long to get? 5 days?

Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
Board Certified, Pathology
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
42 years in practice
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How long will it take to get colonoscopy biopsy results?

Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
42 years in practice
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How long will it take to get colonoscopy biopsy results?

Varies: 2-5 days depending on the pathology lab used. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Rayson
Board Certified, Pathology
24 years in practice
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How long will it take to get my liver biopsy results?

Dr. Thomas Rayson
Board Certified, Pathology
24 years in practice
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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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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
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How long can it take to get bone biopsy results?

Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Sean Williamson
Board Certified, Pathology
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Why does it take so long to get lymph node biopsy results?

Dr. Sean Williamson
Board Certified, Pathology
8 years in practice
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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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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How long dose it take to a lymph node biopsy result back?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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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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Dr. Sean Canale
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How long do lymph node biopsy results take to come back?

Dr. Sean Canale
Board Certified, Breast Surgery
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~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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