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, which may include:
- Tissue damage
- Breast deformity
- Numbness over the biopsy area
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Poor nutrition
- Chronic illnesses, such as obesity or diabetes
- Bleeding disorders
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.
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