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How long does it take to get results from a biopsy?

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A biopsy is a sample of tissue taken from the body for testing. A doctor called a pathologist examines it under a microscope. The time it takes to get results from a biopsy can vary. During a surgery, a pathologist may read a biopsy and report back to a surgeon in a few minutes. Final, highly accurate conclusions on biopsies often take a week or longer. You will probably follow up with your regular doctor to discuss the biopsy results.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Zuber, T. American Family Physician, March 15, 2002.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Breast Biopsy."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Kidney Biopsy."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 25, 2020

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Zuber, T. American Family Physician, March 15, 2002.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Breast Biopsy."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Kidney Biopsy."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 25, 2020

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