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What is a stereotactic breast biopsy?

Precise localization. Stereotactic biopsy is a method of pin pointing the location of a deep seated lesion inside your breast using an x-ray imaging device and special computer technology that analyzes the image and calculates the location. A special needle then is inserted in that lesion, automatically guided, to obtain a tissue sample for microscopic examination. Read more...
Check out. this RadiologyInfo link for an explanation: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=breastbixr. Read more...

What does it mean if the results of a stereotactic breast biopsy are inconclusive?

It generally means. that although the biopsy results do not show cancer, they do not explain the imaging findings...we call this "discordance". Usually another attempt at needle biopsy, or surgical biopsy, is the recommendation in these cases. This is an uncommon situation but does occur occasionally. Read more...

I did a breast biopsy and I was reading that breast biopsy causes cancer is that true?

Not true. Breast biopsies do not cause cancer. If breast cancer develops it's a genetic abnormality in the cells. The mechanical act of cutting tissue for analysis does not change the genetic makeup of the cell. Please followup with your gynecologist if you notice a change or lump in your breast. Read more...
Breast biopsy&cancer. To my knowledge - NO - A breast biopsy usually entails inserting a needle into a breast mass that has been isolated by ultrasound or palpation and extracting a "core" of tissue the diameter of the needle. This is sent for analysis. If there is cancer - some physicians get concerned that cells may "seed" the needle tract but the literature is NOT good. As far as causing cancer no ! Read more...

Can a breast biopsy hurt?

Yes. Biopsy involves incising the skin and removing part of the breast tissue. The procedure does hurt but pain can be controlled and fear of pain should not keep you form getting the biopsy done if your doctor has recommended it. Read more...
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...

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...
Mostly unremarkable. Patients should limit physical exertion with the arm on the side of biopsy for at least 48 hours, to avoid bleeding into the biopsy site after which normal activities can be resumed. A little pain and pressure may persist for 5-7 days. No major complications should occur. Read more...