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When are biopsies recommended?

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A biopsy is a tissue sample that’s examined under a microscope. They might be recommended whenever there is an important medical question the biopsy could help answer. They include:

Normal-looked tissue can be biopsied, too. This can help check for cancer spread or signs of rejection for a transplanted organ.

  • A mammogram shows a lump or mass, indicating the possibility of breast cancer.
  • A mole on the skin has changed shape recently, meaning that melanoma is possible.
  • A person has chronic hepatitis must be checked for cirrhosis.

From: What Is a Biopsy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

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

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. , March 15, 2002. American Family Physician

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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