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Who gets tested for endometrial biopsy?

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Your doctor may do this type of biopsy if your Pap test shows that you have precancerous cells in your uterus. She could also suggest one if you have any of these symptoms:

An endometrial biopsy can’t fix or stop any of these symptoms. But it can help your doctor learn what may be wrong.

  • Heavy or long periods
  • Periods that don’t come at the same time every month
  • No periods
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding after taking a breast cancer drug called tamoxifen
  • A thickened uterine lining

From: What Is an Endometrial Biopsy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Endometrial Biopsy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Endometrial Cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Endometrial Biopsy.”

Derby Teaching Hospitals/NHS Foundation Trust: “Having an inpatient hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy.”

American Academy of Family Physicians/Familydoctor.org: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

American Cancer Society: “How is Uterine Sarcoma Diagnosed?”

NYU Langone Medical Center/Perlmutter Cancer Center: “Diagnosing Endometrial Cancer.”

American Family Physician: “Endometrial Biopsy.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Endometrial Biopsy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Endometrial Cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Endometrial Biopsy.”

Derby Teaching Hospitals/NHS Foundation Trust: “Having an inpatient hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy.”

American Academy of Family Physicians/Familydoctor.org: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.”

American Cancer Society: “How is Uterine Sarcoma Diagnosed?”

NYU Langone Medical Center/Perlmutter Cancer Center: “Diagnosing Endometrial Cancer.”

American Family Physician: “Endometrial Biopsy.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 2, 2019

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