The possible risks from a breast biopsy
- An infection at the biopsy site. An infection can be treated
- Bleeding from the biopsy
- Not getting a sample of the abnormal tissue.
- Dizziness and fainting.
Call your doctor immediately if:
- Your pain lasts longer than a
- You have redness, a lot of swelling, bleeding, or pus from
the biopsy site.
- You have a fever.
Core needle and stereotactic breast biopsies may leave a
small round scar. Open biopsies leave a small straight line scar. The scar
fades over time. A fine-needle biopsy usually does not leave a scar.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery
March 29, 2011
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