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Breast Needle Biopsy

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by Abouzied M

(Biopsy, Breast Needle; Breast Needle Aspiration; Aspiration, Breast Needle; Fine Needle Aspiration; Aspiration, Fine Needle; Stereotactic Core Needle Biopsy; Biopsy, Stereotactic Core Needle; MRI-guided Breast Biopsy; Biopsy, MRI-guided Breast; Vacuum-assisted Device Biopsy; Biopsy, Vacuum-assisted Device; Ultrasound-directed Needle Biopsy; Biopsy, Ultrasound-directed Needle)

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Definition

Breast needle biopsy is the removal of a sample of breast tissue using a needle. The sample is examined in a lab. There are different types of breast needle biopsies:
 

What to Expect

Prior to Procedure

Your doctor may do the following:
  • Physical exam, especially a breast exam
  • Blood tests
  • Mammogram and/or breast ultrasound
Leading up to the biopsy:
  • Talk to your doctor about your current medication. Certain medication may need to be stopped before the procedure, such as:
    • Anti-inflammatory drugs
    • Blood-thinning drugs
  • Shower the morning of the biopsy. You may be asked to use a special antibacterial soap.

Anesthesia

You may receive local anesthesia. If this is the case, the area that is being operated on will be numbed.

Description of the Procedure

The doctor will choose from several types of biopsies to get a tissue sample:
MRI-guided Breast Biopsy
In some instances, the suspicious area can only be seen using an MRI. Because of this, an MRI-guided breast biopsy may be needed. This procedure takes more time. Tell your doctor if you have a cardiac pacemaker. It may affect the procedure.
 

RESOURCES

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/

Breastcancer.org
http://www.breastcancer.org/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
http://www.cbcf.org/

Canadian Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.ca/

 

References


Biopsy. The Breastcancer.org website. Available at: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/biopsy.jsp. Updated September 17, 2012. Accessed January 22, 2013.


Han BK, Schnall MD, Orel SG, Rosen M. Outcome of MRI-guided breast biopsy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008;191:1798.


Heywang-Köbrunner SH, Sinnatamby R, Lebeau A, et al. Interdisciplinary consensus on the uses and technique of MRI-guided vacuum-assisted breast biopsy (VAB): results of a European consensus meeting. Eur J Radiol. 2009;72:289.


Kinds of biopsies. Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, Cancer Prevention Institute of California website. Available at: http://dcis.info/biopsy-kinds.html. Accessed January 22, 2013.


Pfenninger JL, Fowler GC. Procedures for Primary Care Physicians. St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book; 1994.


Sabiston DC, Lyerly HK. Textbook of Surgery. 15th ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Co.; 1997.

 

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