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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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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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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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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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Dr. Thomas Rayson
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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 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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Dr. Sean Williamson
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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 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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Dr. Sean Canale
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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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