A biopsy is the removal of a sample of tissue or cells. A doctor will examine the sample under a microscope. A biopsy may be taken from any part of the body.
Call Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the biopsy site
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Pain that you cannot control with the medication you have been given
- New or worsening symptoms
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
A biopsy is the removal of a sample of tissue or cells. A doctor will examine the sample under a microscope.
A biopsy may be taken from any part of the body.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
A biopsy is used to see if the cells from a sample of tissue are abnormal. A biopsy is done to rule out cancer and/or to specify its type and level of aggressiveness.
Biopsies are sometimes taken to find out the cause of an unexplained:
Common interpretations of biopsies include:
- Normal tissue, no abnormalities
- Irritated tissue
- Not normal, but difficult to interpret
- Not normal, not cancerous, but a precancerous condition
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Excessive bleeding
- Results that are difficult to interpret
may increase the risk of complications.
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.