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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Rectal Biopsy (Overview)

Rectum is the distal large intestine commencing opposite the sacral promontory and ending at the anorectal ring. A biopsy is a procedure that removes a small piece of living tissue from your body. The tissue is examined with a microscope for signs of damage or disease. Biopsies can be done on all parts of the body. A biopsy is the only test that can tell for sure if a suspicious area is cancer.


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What is the definition or description of: rectal biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: rectal biopsy?

Rectum biopsy: Rectum is the distal large intestine commencing opposite the sacral promontory and ending at the anorectal ring. A biopsy is a procedure that removes a small piece of living tissue from your body. The tissue is examined with a microscope for signs of damage or disease. Biopsies can be done on all parts of the body. A biopsy is the only test that can tell for sure if a suspicious area is cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Rectal Biopsy (Overview)

Rectum is the distal large intestine commencing opposite the sacral promontory and ending at the anorectal ring. A biopsy is a procedure that removes a small piece of living tissue from your body. The tissue is examined with a microscope for signs of damage or disease. Biopsies can be done on all parts of the body. A biopsy is the only test that can tell for sure if a suspicious area is cancer.


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How much bleeding is normal after a rectal biopsy?

How much bleeding is normal after a rectal biopsy?

Depend: If the lesion is large and biopsy is multiple then you would expect some bleeding a day or so afterward. However persistent large amt of clot is not normal. If occur see your sutgeon. ...Read more

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My derm. Wants to do a rectal biopsy for my chronic anal itching and fissures that didn't heal with medication & cream.What wld this biopsy show?

My derm. Wants to do a rectal biopsy for my chronic anal itching and fissures that didn't heal with medication & cream.What wld this biopsy show?

Before biopsy: Most of these cases can be managed safely with elimination of caffeine completely, keeping the area dry using corn starch powder regularly, avoiding beer, avoiding any soap directly on the bottom other than what washes off of you during a shower, not rubbing the area, using moist wipes such as cottonelle. Try to avoid creams especially steroid, they may help but can make things worse if used chron. ...Read more

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A histopathology report shows cryptitis ,crypt abscess in rectal biopsy along with duodenal biospy showing lymphocyte infiltrtion with villous atrophy?

A histopathology report shows cryptitis ,crypt abscess in rectal biopsy along with duodenal biospy showing lymphocyte infiltrtion with villous atrophy?

Virtual Consult: Hi DrL, Pathology reports for different types of inflammatory bowel diseases can be confusing and intimidating to read and understand. I would be happy to discuss the report and review your slides in a Virtual Consult. ...Read more

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I'm 50years old, african descent, no family history of prostate cancer. Psa 4.1 but normal digital rectal exam. Is biopsy recommended? Any risk? Thanks

Yes: Indication for a prostate biopsy are an abnormal dre or an elevated psa (most common reason). There is no psa level at which one can absolutely say that prostate cancer is or is not present; only that the higher the psa the greater the probability. Normal/average psa for age 50: ~0.7. Chance of fnding pca on bx with psa 4.1: ~25-35%. Risks of bx: infection, bleeding, pain, urinary retention. ...Read more

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35y stage i rectal cancer cured via lar w/ tme & wide margin, post-op biopsy clear of cancer in all 17 lumph nodes. Advice on follow-up & gene tests?

35y stage i rectal cancer cured via lar w/ tme & wide margin, post-op biopsy clear of cancer in all 17 lumph nodes. Advice on follow-up & gene tests?

Regular Surveillance: Regular surveillance with physical exam, rectal exam and cea levels on a yearly basis will help detecting future recurrence or new cancers. Colonoscopy is recommended when any of the above are positive. Hope this will help. ...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?

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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Recurrent rectal artery bleeding episodes at multiple different sites around biopsy area. Could this be indication of bleeding disorder?What lab test?

Recurrent rectal artery bleeding episodes at multiple different sites around biopsy area. Could this be indication of bleeding disorder?What lab test?

Unlikely: Unlikely, especially if you have not had any issues with bleeding problems prior to this. The anorectal area is very vascular and some slight to moderate bleeding after surgery (hemorrhoidectomy, biopsy, fistula surgery) is not uncommon). Initial basic bleeding tests would be an pt/ptt and CBC with platelet count. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My mom had an upper and lower GI with a biopsy to test for gluten allergy two weeks ago and is still having rectal bleeding. Is this normal?

My mom had an upper and lower GI with a biopsy to test for gluten allergy two weeks ago and is still having rectal bleeding. Is this normal?

No: This is not normal. She needs to contact her doctor. If she is having large amount of rectalbbleeding then she would need to goto ER for immediate testing. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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