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Is a lapriscopy biopsy usually more accurate than a needle biopsy?

Sometimes: It depends on what is being biopsied and the amount of tissue sent for evaluation. ...Read more

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Needle Biopsy (Definition)

A needle biopsy (or fine needle aspiration) is a procedure whereby a thin needle (similar to one the is used for drawing blood), is guided into a lesion and cells are obtained and then placed immediately onto a glass slide for evaluation under the microscope. Unlike a biopsy where "chunks" of tissue are obtained, a fna often obtains only several drops of fluid that ...Read more


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Is a laparoscopy biopsy more accurate than a needle biopsy?

Is a laparoscopy biopsy more accurate than a needle biopsy?

Apples N' Oranges: A biopsy is usually performed for tissue diagnosis of a tumor. The best method of biopsy (bx) is the safest, least invasive means to reach this dx. Therefore, the specific technique is based on what is being bx'd & where it's located. In the abdomen, most tumors can be bx'd by (ct or ultrasound-guided) needle bx. Rarely, laparoscopy may be necessary if tumor cannot be seen radiologically. ...Read more

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How accurate is a fine needle biopsy?

How accurate is a fine needle biopsy?

Very Accurate: An article from baylor in 2000 looked at more than 6000 patients who underwent thyroid fna biopsy. Sensitivity and specificity values of thyroid fna were 93% and 96%. The current nci classification: 1) nondiagnostic fna samples, 2) benign lesions, 3) malignant lesions, 4 atypia/follicular lesion of undetermined significance, 5) suspicious for a follicular lesion. Most common result benign. ...Read more

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Which is a better diagnostic procedure a digital mammogram or sonogram?

Which is a better diagnostic procedure a digital mammogram or sonogram?

Digital mammogram: For general screening, mammograms, while imperfect, remain the best tool and digital mammograms are better at "seeing through" breast tissue. A mammogram is more likely to miss cancers in women with dense breast tissue and young women. Ultrasound is most often used with mammogram either to help characterize abnormalities seen on mammogram or to aid in finding abnormalities in dense breast tissue. ...Read more

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Why is a biopsy more reliable for diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

Why is a biopsy more reliable for diagnosing bladder cancer than a urine cytology?

More info in biopsy: Urine cytology examines single cells that are shed from the bladder lining and are suspended in fluid. Nuclear features of each cell can be evaluated but low grade cancer may look similar to reactive changes. A biopsy is a whole piece of tissue. The entire thickness of the lining and overall morphology can be evaluated. A biopsy is far better than urine cytology, especially for low grade lesion ...Read more

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Is a fine needle or excisional biopsy better to diagnose lymphoma?

Is a fine needle or excisional biopsy better to diagnose lymphoma?

Excisional: Excisional biopsy is more accurate for diagnosis of lymphoma, because the samples are much larger. Fine needle aspiration (fna) can make the diagnosis, and is much less invasive - however, the sample is much smaller, and can miss the involved portion of the lymph node. ...Read more

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Is one sedated for a needle biopsy on the breast?

Is one sedated for a needle biopsy on the  breast?

No: The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. It is generally a well tolerated, and relatively quick, procedure. ...Read more

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Which test is recommended for checking that prostate cancer is organ-contained? A needle biopsy or a Trans-rectal MRI?

Which test is recommended for checking that prostate cancer is organ-contained?  A needle biopsy or a Trans-rectal MRI?

Radiography: Needle biopsy will only reveal tumor cells within the prostate gland. Usually, multiple core biopsies are obtained as cancer cells can be scattered throughout the prostate gland. To determine if the cancer has spread beyond the prostate locally, transrectal ultrasound or MRI would be more appropriate. To evaluate for metastatic disease, CT or PET scanning would be modalities of choice. ...Read more

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Is one biopsy reliable to diagnose a merkel cell carcinoma or since it's so rare another biopsy is recommended for a second opinion?

Not a second biopsy: But potentially a second pathologist to review the first biopsy. Most hospitals will automatically have a second pathologist review the slides if a diagnosis of cancer is being considered. ...Read more

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Is there a more thorough test for liver cancer than biopsy?

Is there a more thorough test for liver cancer than biopsy?

No: Biopsy would be the most definitive diagnostic means to test the cells themselves for any abnormalities. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a needle directed biopsy and a sentinel node biopsy?

Size: A needle-directed biopsy means a hollow needle is stuck into a tumor or lymph node, and only the amount of tissue that fits inside the needle is removed. A sentinel node biopsy removes several lymph nodes entirely and the entire lymph node is examined under the microscope. A sentinel node biopsy requires an injection ahead of time to see which nodes are first in the chain of lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Is a leep procedure another form of a biopsy for furthef testing or is it a treatment?

Is a leep procedure another form of a biopsy for furthef testing or is it a treatment?

A biopsy.: A leep procedure is another form of cervical biopsy. It can be considered a form of treatment if it fully removes a cancerous or precancerous lesion, but it is done as a biopsy that helps see what's found on colposcopy and completely removed. ...Read more

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My PSA is a 5, I'm going for a ultrasound guidance prostate biopsy. Is this procedure painful. Is it necessary?

My PSA is a 5, I'm going for a ultrasound guidance prostate biopsy. Is this procedure painful. Is it necessary?

At 55 yes: Prostatic biopsy at 55 is indicated ( yes necessary ) , relatively low low risk out patient procedure , rarely needs strong pain medication for some none after the procedure . ...Read more

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Is an endometrial biopsy the same as a biopsy for HPV virus?

Is an endometrial biopsy the same as a biopsy for HPV virus?

No: Endometrial biopsy samples tissue from the endometrium, i always do a hysteroscopy when I do that, hpv is diagnosed on pap smear or hpv culture, or biopsy of a vulvar wart will show hpv. ...Read more

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My psa is 12 and a biopsy is scheduled. How likely is cancer?

My psa is 12 and a biopsy is scheduled. How likely is cancer?

Await biopsy results: Psa is a marker for prostate cancer, but it is not very specific, since it can be elevated in enlarged prostates or infections. For this reason, we try not to cause undue anxiety with a prediction. Risk calculators do exist, based on the results of 5, 519 men from the placebo arm of the pcpt trial. A version can be found at: http://deb.Uthscsa.Edu/uroriskcalc/pages/uroriskcalc.Jsp. ...Read more

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How accurate is a skin biopsy?

How accurate is a skin biopsy?

Skin biopsy: This really depends on what is being biopsied. For a "nodule" or "bump," to rule out cancer, a biopsy is usually likely to give a very accurate diagnosis, although some early forms of cancer can be difficult. Biopsies of "rashes" are more tricky. Sometimes the histology is classical, and a very specific diagnosis can be made. But sometimes the biopsy has a non-specific appearance. ...Read more

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Had a biopsy on a mass in post nasal space. Awaiting result. This is highly likely to be cancer isn't it?

Dr. Le Wang Dr. Wang
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Wait for pathology: You will have to wait for pathology for definitive diagnosis. Relax now. Remember to follow your doctor for final result and recommendation. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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


Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Laparoscopy (Definition)

Laparoscopy involves placement of a small camera-scope into the abdominal cavity, most often at the belly button. This allows us to see and surgically rx many abdominal and pelvic diseases. This is combined with distinction of the abd cavity with co2 gas to create more space to work. This usually requires a general anesthetic, yet most people can go ...Read more