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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Needle Biopsy (Overview)

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 contain cells for evaluation.


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Is the recovery time after needle biopsy long?

Is the recovery time after needle biopsy long?

Typically not: The risks of complications does however depend on what is being biopsied. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Needle Biopsy (Overview)

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 contain cells for evaluation.


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What is the definition or description of: needle biopsy?

FNA: 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 contain cells for evaluation. ...Read more

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Needle biopsy? How does a needle biopsy work? Why would some one get a needle biopsy?

Needle biopsy? How does a needle biopsy work? Why would some one get a needle biopsy?

Needle Biopsy.: Large bor needle is inserted into the object of interest then removed with a piece of tissue remaining inside the needle.

A needle biopsy is cheaper, faster, generally safer and sometimes the only alternative to major surgery. In medicine we always try to do the least invasive and dangerous test first. ...Read more

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I have a tiny hole where the needle biopsy was performed. It's been months but the hole hasn't healed. It's really a tiny hole, its quiet strange.?

It'll stay: Scar contracts and this is why you will have this little mark. This is common and depending on the site can be the norm. At surgery or autopsy, old biopsy sites can often be identified. It this truly bothers you and your friends, you can ask a plastic surgeon or dermatologist about a filler. I suspect instead that you're simply curious about healing -- that's a good thing. Cheers. ...Read more

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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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Is it more painful to have a core needle biopsy of three different spots than only one? What about the recovery? It takes more time?

Is it more painful to have a core needle biopsy of three different spots than only one? What about the recovery? It takes more time?

Biopsy: Logically you may expect more discomfort from 3 pokes than from a single one. But nowdays biopsies are done under some anesthesia, so there is a good chance amount of pain will be minimal either way. Recovery is usually minimal, however, it depends on what organ is biopsied. I wish it goes well for you and nothing bad is found. ...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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What does a fine needle biopsy feel like?

A pin prick: Most fnaers numb the area on the skin above a thyroid nodule with xylocaine (lidocaine) using a very fine grade needle so that the larger needle will not be felt. ...Read more

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What is a needle biopsy of a lymph node like?

What is a needle biopsy of a lymph node like?

Simple: A fine needle aspiration biopsy means using a thin needle (like the ones used to draw blood) to draw a very small tissue or cell sample from the lymph node. The sample is examined under microscope by a pathologist who can often make a diagnosis without the need for a surgical procedure to remove an entire node ...Read more

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What should I expect with a fine needle biopsy?

What should I expect with a fine needle biopsy?

Benign or malignant: An fna of a thyroid nodule can tell with great accuracy whether the nodule is cancerous and what type of cancer it is. ...Read more

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What should I bring for a prostate needle biopsy?

What should I bring for a prostate needle biopsy?

Unclear question: Ursula! Must presume you are going to your partner's or friends prostatic biopsy. Unless you have undergone gender change. If so, just take yourself and you will be given antibiotics and a prescription for pain meds. ...Read more

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Is the prostate needle biopsy a risky thing to do?

Little: Prostate biopsy is done transrectally--meaning going through the tissue in your rectum/anus area and carries a very small risk of infection and bleeding. It is certainly not fun, but overall it is considered a pretty safe procedure, done routinely in the doctor's (urologist office)... ...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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Is local anesthesia enough to handle the pain of a core needle biopsy?

Is local anesthesia enough to handle the pain of a core needle biopsy?

Yes: During this procedure local anesthesia is injected exactly where the procedure is performed and can be performed without pain. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to receive results from fine needle biopsy?

1-2 days, typically: This answer is dependent on the kind of needle biopsy being performed. For instance, if it is a needle biopsy yielding cores of tissue (histology), then it usually takes 1-2 working days to get a final diagnosis. If it is a fine needle aspiration biopsy yielding fluid (cytology), the turnaround time may be shorter since fewer steps are necessary to prepare slides for microscopic examination. ...Read more

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How long after a needle biopsy until psa levels settle back to"normal" if you need another psa test? Thanks JC

PSA: Generally we wait at least 3 months after a biopsy before checking a PSA. If you check it any sooner you might see a falsely elevated PSA as a result of the biopsy. Some feel 4 to 6 weeks is adequate. I always wait 3 months ...Read more

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Do pathologists look at all tissue taken from a core needle biopsy? Are samples ever considered unusable if too small, etc?

All tissue examined: In the case of biopsies all tissues are examined. Even small pieces of tissue are important and are not ignored. ...Read more

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Age 25 F, For an year hvv rt post cervical lft supraclav bilateral axillary n mesentric few and sub centi nodes, needle biopsy of supraclav is reac?

Age 25 F, For an year hvv rt post cervical lft supraclav bilateral axillary n mesentric few and sub centi nodes, needle biopsy of supraclav is reac?

Lymph nodes: Would consider biopsy, could be reactive or castlemans or due to underlying celiac, autoimmune or other condition f/U with doctor /urgent care ...Read more

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I have a complex 2cm complex nodule. Had needle biopsy and was blood filled. Could not diagnose it. Will follow up later. Should do anything else now?

Please ask again: E, you did not say where this nodule is or whether it is symptomatic (causing any problems). Please ask again providing these details. And of course, ask the doctor who discovered the nodule, and the one who did the biopsy, what you should do until "later". Good luck! ...Read more

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Has anyone had a fine needle biopsy of a nodule?

Has anyone had a fine needle biopsy of a nodule?

Yes: It is a relatively painless technique for diagnosing a nodule. Depending upon the location of the nodule, it is often combined with a radiologic method to confirm correct needle placement, ie, ultrasound, ct. The main drawback is that it only yields cells for evaluation; core needle biopsy will obtain tissue but some nodules are too vascular to permit a core biopsy, ie, thyroid nodules. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to have a thyroid needle biopsy done?

Does it hurt to have a thyroid needle biopsy done?

Like blood draw: Thyroid needle biosy is likely to hurt about as much as the pain associated with blood draw. Often a thinner needle is used for fna than for blood draw. ...Read more

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What is some advice on what to expect during and after thyroid needle biopsy?

What is some advice on what to expect during and after thyroid needle biopsy?

Generally benign: May or may not numb up the skin before inserting a thin needed through the skin into your thyroid and sucking out cells and fluid. You should discuss this in advance with whomever is scheduled to perform your biopsy. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor want a core needle biopsy? What does this mean they are thinking?

Why would a doctor want a core needle biopsy? What does this mean they are thinking?

Definitive Diagnosis: In this day and age, we have many noninvasive tests that can get us "in the ballpark" when trying to make a diagnosis. However, when it comes to cancer diagnosis, nothing replaces looking at tissue under the microscope; this requires a biopsy. Thankfully, needle biopsies can usually be done under local anesthesia alone (depending on site) without the need for surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is a cystoscopy usually performed before a person undergoes a routine prostate needle biopsy?

Sometimes: This can only be answered by your doctor. If I see someone for a biopsy, I usually do not do a cystoscopy. ...Read more

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Had a core needle biopsy, placed a clip on mass. Do I need to have another for mass growing (fibroandenomas) and being tender?

Benign breast lump: You have several options to have it removed. Some fibroadenomas may contain cysts, calcifications, and hyperplasia. This can be determined by pathology review of the biopsy. Removal of the mass can be performed by lumpectomy or other less invasive options such as laser or cryoablation. It is best to consult with your physician and select the option that seems best suited. ...Read more

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Can all fibroadenomas (detected w/ultrasound) be confirmed w/needle biopsy, or do some need to be removed completely for biopsy if it's too small?

Can all fibroadenomas (detected w/ultrasound) be confirmed w/needle biopsy, or do some need to be removed completely for biopsy if it's too small?

Breast Fibroadenoma?: Breast Fibroadenoma is a benign condition and can be monitored without biopsy or removal unless it shows growth in size. You should check your breast once monthly for any change in size and also have your doctor do a breast examination every 6 to 12 months. Most fibroadenoma do not grow or may regress on their own as you grow older. ...Read more

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Right supraclavicular lump since 2 months first u/s measures lump 0.9mm second u/s 6 weeks later measures 0.6mm. Is a needle biopsy advisable? Thanks

Probably can wait: If it continues to get smaller, a biopsy will not necessary. Avoid frequently examining the area, as manipulation (of the presumed lymph node) will tend to keep it reactive to an enlarged ...Read more

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Prostate - do you have to wait 30 days for MRI after needle biopsy out of 12 biopsies, 3 came back positive, 6, 6, and 7. So they said it's a 7 but want to wait 30 days for mri

Prostate - do you have to wait 30 days for MRI after needle biopsy out of 12 biopsies, 3 came back positive, 6, 6, and 7. So they said it's a 7 but want to wait 30 days for mri

It: It is best to wait about a month after the biopsy before having an mri. This is because there can be bleeding or other changes in the prostate after the biopsy that can make it difficult to get accurate images of the prostate. These changes may obscure or mimic cancer and the MRI might not be interpretable. The biopsy changes and bleeding are usually gone after 4 weeks or so. ...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

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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