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What to expect when going for a fine needle aspiration biopsy of the breast?

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Dr. Marina Landa
Pathology
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In brief: Fast result

It is fast and informative procedure, not very painful in good hands.
Smears can show benign or malignant findings.

In brief: Fast result

It is fast and informative procedure, not very painful in good hands.
Smears can show benign or malignant findings.
Dr. Marina Landa
Dr. Marina Landa
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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Biopsy

A fine needle aspiration of the breast is typically performed to drain a cyst and Lidocaine may be administered to alleviate the pain.
A fine needle aspiration biopsy can also be performed on a lymph node in the axilla (armpit). This is typically done without lidocaine.

In brief: Biopsy

A fine needle aspiration of the breast is typically performed to drain a cyst and Lidocaine may be administered to alleviate the pain.
A fine needle aspiration biopsy can also be performed on a lymph node in the axilla (armpit). This is typically done without lidocaine.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Don't stress

Fine needle biopsy of breast is very tolerable and is done often without local anesthetic.
A small gauge needle is placed into a nodule and material is removed. It takes about 5 seconds. Studies have shown the most critical factor in fna reliability is the training and experience of the operator. Ideally, the operator can use a microscope to check the sample for adequacy.

In brief: Don't stress

Fine needle biopsy of breast is very tolerable and is done often without local anesthetic.
A small gauge needle is placed into a nodule and material is removed. It takes about 5 seconds. Studies have shown the most critical factor in fna reliability is the training and experience of the operator. Ideally, the operator can use a microscope to check the sample for adequacy.
Dr. Daniel Sudilovsky
Dr. Daniel Sudilovsky
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