July 26, 2016
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Breast Biopsy (cont.)

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What about pain and complications from a breast biopsy?

Except for a minor sting from the injected anesthesia, patients usually feel no pain before or during a procedure. After a procedure, some patients may experience some soreness and pain as well as bruising and minor skin discoloration. Usually, an over-the-counter drug is sufficient to alleviate any discomfort.

The risk of complications, such as infection and bleeding, is small for nonsurgical procedures and slightly higher for surgical procedures.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of nonsurgical procedures versus surgical breast biopsies?

Generally, nonsurgical biopsies are less stressful, do not disfigure the skin, leave no internal scar to interfere with the accuracy of future mammograms, and minimize the risk of complications.

However, nonsurgical biopsies are not always as reliable as surgical biopsies in producing a diagnosis, and the results at times may be inconclusive. For this reason, some patients who undergo a nonsurgical biopsy must also undergo a follow-up surgical biopsy.

What are the different types of breast biopsy procedures and what do they involve?

Breast biopsy procedures include

  • fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB),
  • core needle biopsy (CNB),
  • vacuum-assisted breast biopsy, and
  • excision biopsy (surgery).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/5/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com

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