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What is the definition or description of: needle biopsy?

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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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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

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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