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What is the definition or description of: biopsy?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Tissue sample

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). This can guide treatment.

In brief: Tissue sample

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). This can guide treatment.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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