Biopsy

Overview

Definition

A biopsy is the removal of a small area of tissue. The sample is then looked at under a microscope to see if there are any abnormal cells.

A biopsy may be taken from any part of the body.

Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review problems that may happen, like:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Results that are difficult to interpret

Smoking may increase the risk of complications.

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

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 http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca 

References

Biopsy. Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/submenu.cfm?pg=biop. Accessed February 24, 2015.

Schoonjans JM, Brem RF. Fourteen-gauge ultrasonographically guided core-needle biopsy of breast masses. J Ultrasound Med. 2001;20(9):967-972.

6/3/2011 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance  http://www.dynamed.com  : Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, Kelly S, Wu P, Ebbert JO. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.