Breast needle biopsy is the removal of a sample of breast tissue using a needle. The sample is examined in a lab. There are different types of breast needle biopsies:
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a biopsy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications:
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Poor nutrition
- Chronic illnesses, such as obesity or diabetes
- Bleeding disorders
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