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What is a stereotactic breast biopsy?

What is a stereotactic breast biopsy?

Check out: this RadiologyInfo link for an explanation: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=breastbixr ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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Is it true that a stereotactic breast biopsy is verypainful?

Is it true that a stereotactic breast biopsy is verypainful?

No: Everyone is different, but most patients report that it wasn't as painful as they thought, and some barely feel anything. ...Read more

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I started to faint during stereotactic breast biopsy. It was done in sitting position. How can I prevent this from happening the next time? Sedation?

I started to faint during stereotactic breast biopsy. It was done in sitting position.
How can I prevent this from happening the next time? Sedation?

Vaso-vagal reaction: Not a major problem, as you can avoid this next time by pre-operative medications, and having procedure done in supine posture. ...Read more

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I had stereotactic breast biopsy which formed hematoma which drained through incision for past month. Just stopped. Should I do anything to help heal?

Bleeding disorder?: Have you ever had bleeding problems before? That seems like a very very long time to have bleeding from a biopsy. Speak with your doctor and see if you need further testing such as a platelet count. ...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
surgery?

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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How do they find cancer in breast with stereotactic biopsy? What method they use to find cancer in breast?

How do they find cancer in breast with stereotactic biopsy? What method they use to find cancer in breast?

3 D visualization: A stereotactic mammogram takes 2 simultaneous views of the breast and a computer creates a 3-d image, much like what our brain does with the views from both eyes. With the help of the image, a needle can be guided to the precise site of the mass in question to take a sample. ...Read more

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What happens during a breast biopsy?

Sample removed: Three ways of doing a breast biopsy: direct, ultrasound, or stereotactic guidance. With all of these, the area of the skin is anesthetized, and then a needle is inserted into the lump/mass, the mechanism fired, and tissue is removed. It is usually 1 to 2 cm in length and 0.1 cm in width. The pathologist will interpret and give a result. Limited risk, limited complications. A straightforward test. ...Read more

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How painful is it to have a breast biopsy?

Not painful: There are 2 types of breast biopies. One is minimally invasive where the area of interest is sampled by taking a few pieces of it and the other is surgical where the entire area of interest is removed. The minimally invasive techniques are not painful. You are awake and local anesthesia is used. You can even drive yourself to and from the biopsy. ...Read more

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What are some inherent risks of a breast biopsy?

Infection/bleeding: Although infection and bleeding are the most common risks of a core needle biopsy or fine needle aspiration, larger breast biopsies can be associated with seroma formation (large pockets of fluid that do not resolve). Other risks are less common. ...Read more

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Do i need rest after breast biopsy?

For a short time: A support/sports bra is helpful. I would not recommend rigorous activity for at least a week. Light activity can begin in 1-2 days. This would apply to a core needle or open excision all biopsy. ...Read more

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Reliability of breast biopsy result?

Highly reliable: This is the most accurate test that is diagnostic for breast cancer. Mammograms, ultrasounds, and mris of the breast may be highly suggestive of a malignancy, but they are not diagnostic. ...Read more

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How long do breast biopsy results take?

It depends: on the logistics of the biopsy center and the pathology lab. Anywhere from 2 to 5 days, average probably 3 days. ...Read more

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Excisional breast biopsy - what can I expect?

Excisional breast biopsy - what can I expect?

Need to wait: It is not feasible to say what the result will be. Most breast lumps are not cancer, but you need to wait for the report from the pathologist to know for sure. ...Read more

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Bloody discharge after breast biopsy 3 months ago?

Biopsy result?: This is likely not related to the biopsy after 3 months, but that might depend on what the biopsy showed. If you have a breast tumor a bloody discharge is a possible symptom, so to really answer your question i would need to know what kind of biopsy (fine needle, needle core, or open) and what was the diagnosis. Talk to your doctor about the possibilities. ...Read more

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How long does it take for breast biopsy to come back?

How long does it take for breast biopsy to come back?

~48hrs: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have a lot of pain after a breast biopsy?

Breast biopsy: The site should not be very painful. Call your doctor to be seen. ...Read more

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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