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I had a breast biopsy for a benign tumor last year. Why do I get pain from the scar? This happens when it's cold or when I'm feeling down or upset.

I had a breast biopsy for a benign tumor last year. Why do I get pain from the scar? This happens when it's cold or when I'm feeling down or upset.

Scar pain: Scar tissue will eventually soften and stop hurting. Sometimes after a minor surgery there is an abnormal growth of scar tissue. If the discomfort continues I would return to your surgeon so he can reassure you that it is healing fine. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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How many days of recovery of a core needle breast biopsy (3 different spots will be biopsed).Dr said i'll have 3 scars. When could I go to the beach?

How many days of recovery of a core needle breast biopsy (3 different spots will be biopsed).Dr said i'll have 3 scars. When could I go to the beach?

The scars will: Be tiny and may fade over time. You may be sore for a couple of days, possibly up to a week or so. Mild bleeding or oozing usually gone within 24 hours. ...Read more

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Soft tissue sarcoma - how can this be identified during a breast biopsy?

Soft tissue sarcoma - how can this be identified during a breast biopsy?

Histology: Sarcoma can be found in the soft tissues of the breast. It is identified after biopsy of a tumor, by the pathologist looking under the microscope, doing special immunostains, and potentially genetic fish testing for chromosomal translocations. It is important that a pathologist experienced with sarcoma review the slides to cement the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have blood on tissue when breast biopsy is done?

Is it normal to have blood on tissue when breast biopsy is done?

Yes, the: Tissue specimens obtained often have blood on them due to bleeding caused by the biopsy. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the breast biopsy results say the tissue is gray?

What does it mean when the breast biopsy results say the tissue is gray?

Normal.: It is usually just included in the gross description portion. The pathologist literally just describes what it looks like on the table. ...Read more

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Does it happen often that a core needle breast biopsy will get nothing or just blood when they go in to get a sample, instead of tissue?

Does it happen often that a core needle breast biopsy will get nothing or just blood when they go in to get a sample, instead of tissue?

It has to get some: Tissue. If the doctor happened to get an insufficient sample, he/she would simply take more samples. Sometimes if there is excessive bleeding, the biopsy needs to be stopped, but this would only occur after at least one sample was taken, and it is not a common occurrence. If the lesion is "missed" for some reason, also not very common, the pathology will at least show normal breast tissue. ...Read more

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If breast biopsy for suspicious area on u/s came back as benign tissue and radiologist said it was concordant, do I need to get a second opinion?

Probably not: Given that the radiologist is saying that the biopsy result is concordant with the radiographic appearance, I would not think that a second opinion is "needed", although a second opinion should never be discouraged. At the very least, though, there should be radiographic follow up to determine whether the lesion is still "suspicious" or whether it has resolved. ...Read more

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Does a core needle breast biopsy make a tumor smaller or would it stay pretty much the same size but have holes in it from where they took tissue out?

It depends on the: Size of the tumor. If it is only 5mm or less, it may be completely removed. If it is slightly larger than that, it may be smaller afterwards. If it is large, the core biopsy will have no perceptible impact on the size. The core bx only removes a very thin cylinder of tissue. ...Read more

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Breast biopsy came back completely benign fatty tissue. Dr said to have a repeat ultrasound in three months. Is she lying about the results?

Breast biopsy came back completely benign fatty tissue. Dr said to have a repeat ultrasound in three months. Is she lying about the results?

Unlikely: It would be unlikely for your doctor to lie about your report. But for your assurance you can ask for a copy of your pathology report. In addition I suggest you follow with the recommended follow up. There may be concerns that the biopsy may not have shown the exact problem and they like to recheck you to make sure a more serious pathology is not missed. If you have any doubt, get another opinion. ...Read more

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Blood on tissue when breast biopsy is done. Does this mean anything?

Blood on tissue when breast biopsy is done. Does this mean anything?

Do you mean: There was blood on the tissue specimens during a needle biopsy? It doesn't mean anything, that is how the specimens usually look. It is simply due to bleeding caused by the biopsy, it doesn't mean that the specimens are either benign or malignant. ...Read more

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I had a breast biopsy which came bad showing fibroadenatous with calcifications tissue. Is there anything further I should have done?

I had a breast biopsy which came bad showing fibroadenatous with calcifications tissue. Is there anything further I should have done?

Benign lesion: The tissue submitted for examination to the pathologist is benign. However, these results do not say anything about rest of the breast. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor who likely has more information regarding your health. ...Read more

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Had vacuum breast biopsy 3 months ago and area near biopsy site feels firm still. Not rock hard but almost like a little lump. Biopsy was benign breast tissue. What could be causing that firmness?

Had vacuum breast biopsy 3 months ago and area near biopsy site feels firm still. Not rock hard but almost like a little lump. Biopsy was benign breast tissue. What could be causing that firmness?

Hematoma: No matter what kind of biopsy is perfomed on the breast there is always the possibility of a small degree of bleeding locally. If an open biopsy is carried out, surgical closure to prevent even small spaces at the bx site from remaining.
Without guaranteed control of any oozing into the biopsy site a hematoma and some hardening of the area can occur ...Read more

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Does vacuum assisted breast biopsy cause cancer from thre trauma? Biopsy was negative (normal breast tissue)

Does vacuum assisted breast biopsy cause cancer from thre trauma? Biopsy was negative (normal breast tissue)

Nope: Congrats on the benign results! We have been performing core biopsies for over 30 years and have not found any association between benign biopsies and cancer development. Moreover, surgical biopsies are more "traumatic"--we've been doing those for 100+ years without any increased cancer risk. ...Read more

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Worried that the breast biopsy (which was benign breast tissue) I had which caused bruising and inflammation will lead to breast cancer. Can it?

No,: There is no evidence that indicates there is any chance of that. They ask about breast biopsies in risk assessment not because the biopsies themselves cause cancer, but because having breast biopsies indicates that the breasts themselves have suspicious or equivocal findings already. ...Read more

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Nervous about my breast biopsy help what should I do?

Tell Dr.: Let the physician know about your concerns. Education about the process can often allay fears. To diminish anxiety- breath in deeply through nostrils, hold air in lungs for a five count and then slowly exhale through an open mouth. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Breast Biopsy (Definition)

Breast biopsy means obtaining tissue samples from an area of concern in the breast to be sent to the lab to make a diagnosis. This could be from a suspicious lump or a suspicious finding on you mammogram or ultrasound (or mri). The biopsy is obtained using a biopsy needle under imaging guidance. Occasionally an open surgical ...Read more