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Is breast needle biopsy safe, and how many biopsies can they take from one breast?

Is breast needle biopsy safe, and how many biopsies can they take from one breast?

Safe: It is very safe. Less than 1% complication rate(infection, bleeding). Multiple biopsies can be performed, , usually between 3-10 samples taken ...Read more

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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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Had skin biopsy on benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Safe to wait to remove stitches?

Had skin biopsy on benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Safe to wait to remove stitches?

Yes it's safe: Your doctor is aware of where he placed the stitches. How long they stay in depends. On the face usually 5-7 days is the max. Elsewhere on the body where the skin is thicker and low chances of scarring stitches can be left longer. If you are having signs of infection-streaking lines from the site, warm to touch, red, and/or drainage that is not clear or straw colored have them taken out. ...Read more

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Is excision skin biopsy is safe after the whole lesion is taken?

Is excision skin biopsy is safe after the whole lesion is taken?

Yes: Likely the initial biopsy showed something worrisome that required your dermatologist to perform an excision to ensure the entire lesion is removed. ...Read more

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Had stereotactic biopsy with complication. Took 40 plus mammogram views to capture. Is this safe? Biopsy was benign but worry this many views is bad.

Had stereotactic biopsy with complication. Took 40 plus mammogram views to capture. Is this safe? Biopsy was benign but worry this many views is bad.

Worth it: I'm glad you're thinking about this. Medical exposure is a large source of radiation. In this case, you needed the biopsy. The 40 mammos increases your cancer risk, but by a tiny amount. And the dose for a stereotactic biopsy is much less than a regular mammogram. Go to www.Xrayrisk.Com to calculate the risk; it's less than 0.2%, and that's an overestimate! ...Read more

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How long after a positive lymph node biopsy is it safe to assume cancer is everywhere?

How long after a positive lymph node biopsy is it safe to assume cancer is everywhere?

No answer: A tumor with spread to local lymph node may be curable and cancer need not have spread everywhere. The risk of cancer spreading in the body increases with the incresiing number of lymph nodes being positive. However, there is no time line for the spread of cancer. Different tumors and people behave differently. ...Read more

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I m 55 yrs. old my PSA has been a 5. It a been like this for awhile. Doc says a prostate biopsy neces. Test safe?

I m 55 yrs. old my PSA has been a 5. It a been like this for awhile. Doc says a prostate biopsy neces. Test safe?

Discuss w Urologist: This is the very reason many organizations no longer recommend PSA test (see USPSTF), because it often leads to unnecessary prostate biopsies. Prostate biopsy is a relatively safe procedure, but does carry some risks and side effects. I suggest discussing your result with a Urologist, as it is above normal, but stable. They may recommend additional lab tests vs biopsy. ...Read more

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I had a skin biopsy on a benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove the 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Is it safe to wait?

I had a skin biopsy on a benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove the 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Is it safe to wait?

Can sutures stay in?: Ideally the sutures should come out sooner if adequate dermal support was provided. Sutures can cause irritation or leave marks much wider than just the incision scar. Depending on location of surgery and incision, your PCP or your local Plastic surgeon can recommend suture removal and post-op care including scar management. ...Read more

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Movable painless swollen lymph node in armpit its been there for 5+ years i believe had ultrasound doctor request biopsy to be safe I'm 18 cancer?

Unlikely: If the node has remained unchanged in 5+ years, it is not likely to be cancer. You may wish to get a second opinion before opting for biopsy, as it may not be warranted. ...Read more

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