Fine Needle Biopsy
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Reasons for Procedure
- Bruise where the needle was inserted
- Pain after the procedure
- Medications that increase the risk of bleeding
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Arrange for a ride home.
- Have routine blood work.
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
- Simple biopsy of a site that is close to the surface of the skin: a few minutes in most cases
- Deeper biopsy or one that is guided by an ultrasound or CT scan: 30-90 minutes
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Pain, redness, swelling, heat, discharge, or a red streak in the area of the needle insertion
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- New symptoms develop
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- Reviewer: Mike Woods, MD
- Review Date: 04/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/18/2013 -