What is fine needle breast biopsy?

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Fine Needle Breast Biopsy: Before Your Procedure

How can you care for yourself after a fine needle breast biopsy?

  • You can go back to most of your usual activities right away. But avoid heavy lifting for 24 hours.
  • The site may be tender for 2 to 3 days. You may also have some bruising, swelling, or slight bleeding.
    • You can use an ice pack. Put ice or a cold pack on the area for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.
    • Ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.

How long does a fine needle breast biopsy take?

A fine needle breast biopsy will take from 5 to 30 minutes. But it also takes time to prepare before the biopsy, so you can expect your appointment to take longer than this.

How do you prepare for a fine needle breast biopsy?

If you take a medicine that prevents blood clots, your doctor may tell you to stop taking it before your test. Or your doctor may tell you to keep taking it. (These medicines include aspirin and other blood thinners.) Make sure that you understand exactly what your doctor wants you to do.

What happens after a fine needle breast biopsy?

  • You'll be told how long it may take to get your results back.
  • You will probably be able to go home right away.
  • After a specialist looks at the biopsy sample for signs of cancer, your doctor's office will let you know the results.
  • If the test results aren't clear, you may have another biopsy or test.

How does having a fine needle breast biopsy feel?

You will feel only a quick sting from the needle if you have a local anesthetic to numb the biopsy area.

What is a fine needle breast biopsy?

A breast biopsy removes a sample of breast tissue that is looked at under a microscope. It's done to check for breast cancer or other problems. For a fine needle breast biopsy, your doctor uses a thin needle to take a small sample of fluid or cells from the breast for testing.

Why is a fine needle breast biopsy done?

A fine needle breast biopsy is done to check a breast lump or look at a suspicious area found on a mammogram or other imaging.

How is a fine needle breast biopsy done?

Before the test

  • You will take off your clothing above the waist. A paper or cloth gown will cover your shoulders.
  • You will lie on an examination table.
  • Your skin is washed with a special soap.
  • You may get a shot of medicine to numb the biopsy area on your breast.

During the test

Your doctor inserts a thin needle into a lump or abnormal area and removes a sample of cells or fluid. Ultrasound may be used to guide the needle to the right place.

After the needle is removed, pressure is put on the needle site to stop any bleeding. The area will be covered with a bandage.

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