Biopsy

Overview

Definition

A biopsy is a test of tissue from the body. A lab will check the sample to look for signs of disease.

Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Smoking may raise the risk of problems.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

RESOURCES

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

American College of Surgeons https://www.facs.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cancer Society http://cancer.ca 

Health Canada https://www.canada.ca 

References

Biopsies—overview. Radiology Info—Radiological Society of North America website. Available at: https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=biopgen. Accessed September 15, 2020.

Biopsy. Cancer.Net website. Available at: https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/diagnosing-cancer/tests-and-procedures/biopsy. Accessed September 15, 2020.