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Needle Biopsy

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NEEDLY BIOPSY DEFINITION

Needle biopsy refers to a wide variety of biopsy methods that depend on needles to extract cell samples from your body for the sake of testing and analysis inside a lab. Typical needle biopsy techniques include core-needle biopsy or fine-needle aspiration. This biopsy can take fluid or tissue samples from organs, bones, or muscles.

NEEDLY BIOPSY PURPOSE

A needle biopsy may be done whenever there's need to rule out a disease or condition. It's also used to diagnose one. It's even used to determine the progress of a medical treatment. It's basically your best bet in learning about the healthiness of your organs, bones, or muscles.

NEEDLY BIOPSY RISKS

There are risks involved in needle biopsy, and they include the following: pain, drainage, or swelling at the biopsy site; bleeding; lightheadedness or fainting; difficulty swallowing; shortness of breath; and numbness or weakness of your legs.

NEEDLY BIOPSY PREPARATION REQUIRED

You don't need to prepare much in order to undergo a biopsy. However, you will be asked to stop taking any medications that can thin your blood, like aspirin or warfarin, a couple of days before the procedure. You'll also be asked not to drink or eat prior to the biopsy.
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NEEDLY BIOPSY PROCEDURE

The doctor guides the needle through your skin to the body part he needs to get a sample from when undergoing needle biopsy. Cell or tissue samples are gathered and the needle is taken out from you afterwards. This procedure can be done several times until enough cells have been taken from you.

NEEDLY BIOPSY COMPLICATIONS

If you've been given sedatives and your experience an allergic reaction, call your doctor. Then again, compared to lumpectomy, there's less risk of complications with needle biopsy, though they still exist in the form of infection or hemorrhaging depending on how thin your blood is and how recently you've taken anticoagulants.

NEEDLY BIOPSY SIDE EFFECTS

Side effects of needle biopsy include pain, drainage, swelling, pain, bleeding, fainting, and numbness depending on where the biopsy site is and what part of your body is undergoing the process. Seek medical help as soon as an allergic reaction happens.

NEEDLY BIOPSY RESULTS

The sample will be taken to the laboratory to be studied by a pathologist. After the doctor gets the results, you'll be immediately contacted. Your pathology report may include: Biopsy sample descriptions, medical history info, a description on the current condition of the sampled cells or tissue, and the pathologist's diagnosis.
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