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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
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
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?
The doctors used 1ml of thrombin to stop a pseudo aneurism from stereotactic breast biopsy. Are there any long term effects of them using thrombin?
No : Thrombin is also a part of the body's way of stoping bleeding . It usually gets resorted over time. ...Read more
What type of biopsy is more accurate for large clusters of microcalcifications in the breast,
stereotactic core biopsy or wire guided open
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
~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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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