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What do you do for a hematoma after a breast biopsy?

What do you do for a hematoma after a breast biopsy?

Usually nothing: A hematoma is a collection of blood that collects in a space where a procedure was performed. It is common for a hematoma to form. If there is alot of bleeding, you may have a larger hematoma. In most cases, they can be monitored and will resolve on their own after 2-3 months. If is causes discomfort, then you may need evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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After a breast biopsy & diagnosis of fibroadenoma in oct 2012, another lump formed — md said it was a hematoma. Still has not gone away. What do I do?

After a breast biopsy & diagnosis of fibroadenoma in oct 2012, another lump formed — md said it was a hematoma. Still has not gone away. What do I do?

Nothing: Not too uncommon after a biopsy of a breast lesion or surgery to remove a lump, a hematoma might form which is basically an area of bleeding inside the biopsy or lumpectomy site which has congealed and clotted. It could take months for this to resolve and scarring may take over the area and a "lump" could persist for years. This generally is just left alone unless infection (an abscess) occurs. ...Read more

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Small lump after breast biopsy, is it a hematoma?

Small lump after breast biopsy, is it a hematoma?

unlikely: Most probably, after breast biopsy patient has focal hemorrhage and small area of fat necrosis, as previous site of biopsy. Breast tissue predominantly fatty and does not reveal large blood vessels and ussually no hematomas after biopsy.
A hematoma or haematoma, is a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels, usually in liquid form within the tissue. ...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 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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Will hematoma caused by MRI guided breast biopsy limit post biopsy sono or MRI image if suspicious area is very large would sono work inspite of hemat?

Will hematoma caused by MRI guided breast biopsy limit post biopsy sono or MRI image if suspicious area is very large would sono work inspite of hemat?

What is the reason: To look for the lesion on ultrasound after the biopsy? There should have been an ultrasound correlation prior to the MRI biopsy. Yes, the hematoma can limit a post biopsy ultrasound. If ultrasound is necessary, it might be best to wait a couple of weeks so the hematoma can resolve. ...Read more

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Breast biopsy revealed fibroadenoma in oct 2011 — another lump developed seemingly as result of biopsy. Hematoma? Family history of bc on both sides.

Yes: It could be a hematoma if it appeared within the first week. If later it is probably scar tissue from the surgery. This scar tissue usually resolves over 6 months to a year. The familial history of breast cancer requires vigilance on the part of patient and physician. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a bruise following a core breast biopsy 4 days ago that now has about 50 small white dots around the edges? The white spo

Should I be concerned about a bruise following a core breast biopsy 4 days ago that now has about 50 small white dots around the edges?  The white spo

Your question: Was cut off. Bruising 4 days after a core breast biopsy is expected. Not sure what the "white dots" signify. Are they directly under where the dressing/steri-strip was? If you are concerned, call your doc, he/she might want to take a look. ...Read more

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Had stereo breast biopsy on oct 28. Nicked artery and I bled a lot. Used thrombin to stop bleeding. Formed hematoma that started oozing yesterday. Ok?

Had stereo breast biopsy on oct 28. Nicked artery and I bled a lot. Used thrombin to stop bleeding. Formed hematoma that started oozing yesterday. Ok?

Probably okay: If you see severe swelling or see active bleeding seek medical help. A slight bit of oozing is not that abnormal given what happened. If the area gets red or warm seek help as these could be signs of infection. ...Read more

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What's recovery like after a breast biopsy?

What's recovery like after a breast biopsy?

Depends on type : Most biopsies today should be needle biopsies (i.e. Core biopsies) which can generally be done in the office under local anesthetic usually with image (ultrasound or stereotactic) guidance. Most patients do fine with over the counter medications with little or no restrictions (if it hurts, don't do it) and can resume usual activities right away. A snug supportive bra provides additional comfort. ...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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If I am sent to surgion after a breast biopsy is because it is serious?

If I am sent to surgion after a breast biopsy is because it is serious?

Not necessarily: Some clinics routinely refer patients to see breast surgery after any breast biopsy so that they can discuss the results of the biopsy and any clinical concerns.

I'm sorry this question was not answered better for you at the time of your biopsy or when the referral was made. As physicians, we sometimes don't convey important information like this as well as we should. ...Read more

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How long should it take after a breast biopsy for my mom to get the results?

~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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Why do I have to wait 6 months for a follow-up ultrasound after a breast biopsy?

Ask your doctor.: If the biopsy was benign, your doctor may want to check to make sure that there aren't any new problems and that things are stable. The best thing is to ask your physician. They know your medical history and have been following this issue. ...Read more

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How long should you take off work after a breast biopsy? Or is it better to be busy and take your mind off it?

Personal choice: Going back to work will generally not cause any problems or damage after a (core) breast biopsy. The patient will feel sore, bruised after the local wears off — more so depending on the level of physical activity involved in the job. The psychological part including dealing with possible pain depends largely on the paient. Most take the rest of the day off. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel a tiny lump after a breast biopsy where they put the metal clip in? Biopsy came back benign.

Is it normal to feel a tiny lump after a breast biopsy where they put the metal clip in? Biopsy came back benign.

Clip: Biopsy clips, when close to the surface, can frequently be felt. Scar tissue can develop as well, which can be detected as a small lump. ...Read more

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Radiologist wants to do a follow-up u/s after a breast biopsy that came back benign. If it was benign, what's the point in doing another u/s?

Radiologist wants to do a follow-up u/s after a breast biopsy that came back benign. If it was benign, what's the point in doing another u/s?

F/U Imaging : The radiologist most likely wants to make sure that the area that was sampled in the biopsy was the same one that brought you in to see your doctor in the first place. This is always a good thing to do, although the likelihood of missing the original lesion with proper wire guidance under ultrasound and multiple needle or core biopsies, is very small. ...Read more

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How long should it take after a breast biopsy to get the results called to you?

How long should it take after a breast biopsy to get the results called to you?

Depends: This depends on who performs the biopsy: radiologist or surgeon. I take a more hands on approach and deliver results in my office, in person in 2-3 days after the biopsy.

If you have not received notification in 3 days, I recommend calling the physician who performed the procedure. 8 out of 10 biopsies performed will have non-cancerous results. Good luck! ...Read more

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After a breast biopsy the results were a few lymphocytes and fat cells. What does it mean when they find lymphocytes. Is this a bad thing?

Not worried: No. There are lymphocytes everyplace. To this day, nobody knows why a few get together, seemingly forming an outpost in otherwise-normal tissue. ...Read more

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How long should I take off work after a breast biopsy?

Not much: The standard of care is to get a needle biopsy which is performed in an office setting with local anesthesia. The advantages to this procedure are: small incision, mild post procedure pain and a diagnosis can be made and obtained within 24-72 hours. Most patients return to work in 24 hours with over the counter pain medicine. If you have strenous job with lifting, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How long do you have to take off work after a breast biopsy?

Call doctor: You should call the doctor or facility where the biopsy was performed. If you had a needle biopsy there is usually a limit to lifting anything for a few days. Most people return to work the following day. ...Read more

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How long until you can go back to work after a breast biopsy?

How long until you can go back to work after a breast biopsy?

Depends on technique: If your biopsy was a needle-type performed under local anesthesia in an office setting, you should be able to work the following day. If the biopsy was surgical performed under anesthesia, most people will require 2-3 days to return to work. Of course, the true "expert" here is the doctor who performed the biopsy--be sure and ask them this question. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it common to have bloody discharge from your nipple after a breast biopsy?

Is it common to have bloody discharge from your nipple after a breast biopsy?

It is: Possible(but not common), particularly if the lesion being biopsied is intraductal and near the nipple. ...Read more

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Do I need to take time off work after a breast biopsy? I’m having an excisional biopsy as an outpatient. Should I ask for time off to recover?

Usually not needed : Usually, an outpatient breast biopsy is not painful. Typically, Ibuprofen is enough for pain control. Returning to work the next day is not uncommon. ...Read more

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Can a breast biopsy hurt?

Can a breast biopsy hurt?

Patients: Have varying sensitivity to needle biopsy. Local anesthesia can be used liberally, and some patients barely feel anything. Others feel mild discomfort, and a few very sensitive patients may feel more pain. ...Read more

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What can I expect from getting a breast biopsy?

What can I expect from getting a breast biopsy?

At an office: A core needle biopsy performed by ultrasound or mammogram(stereotactic). It is performed by a surgeon or radiologist using local anesthesia in an office setting. After numbing the skin & tissues, a small cut in made in the skin & a needle is inserted to take samples of tissue. Tape is used to close the skin. It should not be too painful, if so, let them know so they can give more anestetic. ...Read more

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Why does my husband not come to my breast biopsy?

He loves you: It's a mistake to try to second-guess another's thoughts, even the person you love the most. You are committed to one another, and you'll do well always to assume the best. He knows how private and personal this is for you. He is worried about being an embarrassment. He was concerned about losing control because of his own anxiety. But he isn't indifferent. I'm glad you have each other. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: breast biopsy?

Tissue samples: 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 biopsy may be needed. ...Read more

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I am having a breast biopsy on tomorrow. What should I expect? I am scared. Would I be in pain after?

Relax if possible: Most patients are scared or worried about procedures and I don' t blame them. It's scary having a procedure and having to wait for the results. Take a deep breath, you should do fine. You should expect some soreness at the biopsy site but it should be easily controlled with pain meds and ice compresses. Your physician will give you discharge instructions to make you comfortable. Good luck. ...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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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

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


Dr. William Singer
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Hematoma (Definition)

A condition in which there has been bleeding between the scalp and the skull, and the blood is trapped under the scalp, forming a blood-filled bulge. Can usually ...Read more