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Doctor insights on: Open Surgical Biopsy Of The Pancreas

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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If I've already had a sterotactic biopsy what would be the reason to do a surgical biopsy after?

If I've already had a sterotactic biopsy what would be the reason to do a surgical biopsy after?

Clinical suspicion: If your mammogram looks very suspicious for cancer, but your stereotactic biopsy did not show cancer, or if there is a suspicion that the right area was not biopsied, then a surgical biopsy should be done. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast surgical biopsy?

Can you tell me about breast surgical biopsy?

Tissue sample: Surgical or incisional biopsy means obtaining a tissue sample from a breast lesion by making a surgical incision into the lesion and removing a small piece that will be examined by the Pathologist to render a definitive dx. This is a larger (more reliable) sample than can be obtained by a needle biopsy using either a large (core) or a fine needle. ...Read more

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Total thyroidectomy for papillary cancer. Two nodules 0.5cm and 0.7cm. Surgical biopsy stage pt1an0. Possible metastasis? Need rai?

Total thyroidectomy for papillary cancer. Two nodules 0.5cm and 0.7cm. Surgical biopsy stage pt1an0. Possible metastasis? Need rai?

This is a bit: Too complicated and specific to be dealt with over the internet. Various endos have slightly different regimens for dealing with this problem and you are in kind of a gray area. Check w/your endo for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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Is a surgical biopsy more traumatic to the breast than a breast augmentation? I know they aren't related but just wondering what causes more trauma.

Is a surgical biopsy more traumatic to the breast than a breast augmentation? I know they aren't related but just wondering what causes more trauma.

Breast Surgery: It is a relative question depending on a lot of variables. But here goes, a breast biopsy is in one area where augmentation involves the whole of both breasts. So the trauma of an augmentation under normal circumstances will be more traumatic. ...Read more

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I had a surgical biopsy/ lumpectomy a few months ago (benign). Now have a non palpable lump in same breast. Should I consult my breast doc again?

 I had a surgical biopsy/ lumpectomy a few months ago (benign). Now have a non palpable lump in same breast. Should I consult my breast doc again?

Progesterone low: It sounds like you may have low progesterone level. Signs of low progesterone: PMS, lumpy/cystic breasts, breast tenderness, heavy periods, cramps, clots, spotting, irregular menstrual cycles. Have your doctor check your progesterone level on day 21 of your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surgery on their pancrease (pancrelipase)?

Can you tell me about surgery on their pancrease (pancrelipase)?

Depends on reason: Pancreatic procedures are done for a variety of reasons: for malignant indications, for inflammatory indications, for traumatic indications and rarely for benign indications. Traditionally these were done as an open procedure, i.e. Incision. More recently, minimally invasive procedures with laparoscopy or robotic surgery have been introduced. Whatever the approach, the principles are the same. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan to determine the surgical procedure for repairing an adnomial hernia. The scan showed a moderate inflammed pancrease (pancrelipase). What is this?

Had a CT scan to determine the surgical procedure for repairing an adnomial hernia.  The scan showed a moderate inflammed pancrease (pancrelipase).  What is this?

"Inflammed pancreas": "inflammed pancreas" as seen on ct as you described means you possibly have pancreatitis (injury to the pancreas). Not sure if you have any symptoms such pain, nausea, vomiting. To diagnosed acute pancreatitis, you need to have clinical abdominal pain, abnormal labs (pancreatic enzymes), and ct results. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What type of biopsy is more accurate for large clusters of microcalcifications in the breast, stereotactic core biopsy or wire guided open surgery?

What type of biopsy is more accurate for large clusters of microcalcifications in the breast,
stereotactic core biopsy or wire guided open
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Open biopsy: is considered the historic "gold standard", but the accuracy of stereotactic biopsy approaches that of excisional biopsy, with less risk, less complications, less cost, and no disfigurement or significant scarring. It avoids unnecessary surgery. About 75% or so of all microcalcification biopsies turn out benign. Image-guided needle biopsies are the standard of care for a variety of reasons. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pancreas biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: pancreas biopsy?

See answer detail.: A pancreas biopsy is an invasive procedure that is used to obtain a sample of pancreatic tissue for diagnostic purposes. The biopsy may be done through the skin utilizing a needle to obtain a small sample, usually under radiographic guidance, or the biopsy may be 'open', in which case the abdomen is opened to obtain the tissue. An 'open' biopsy is indicated when a larger tissue sample is needed. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more