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

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: ~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.

In brief: ~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.
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many centers are

Accelerating biopsy to 'read out' times.
Many recognize the problem with "presenteeism" being at the desk or counter, but unable to focus while worryig about the "report". You need to ask "how long wil the report take" and then ask why does it take so long, and ask for the time off of the lag time from biopsy to path report. Some can do it in 24-48hrs.

In brief: Many centers are

Accelerating biopsy to 'read out' times.
Many recognize the problem with "presenteeism" being at the desk or counter, but unable to focus while worryig about the "report". You need to ask "how long wil the report take" and then ask why does it take so long, and ask for the time off of the lag time from biopsy to path report. Some can do it in 24-48hrs.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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