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Biopsy

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    What is a biopsy?

    A biopsy takes away some cells or tissues from your body.

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    The cells or tissue are then looked at under a microscope.

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    Types of Biopsy.

    There are four types of biopsy

    1. A thick skin sample is taken away (punch biopsy)

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    2. A lesion sitting on top of the skin is taken away (shave excision).

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    3. A whole lump is taken away (excisional biopsy).

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    4. A sample tissue or fluid is taken away (needle aspiration biopsy).

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    Where will I have the Biopsy done.

    You may be able to get the biopsy carried out at

    • Your doctor's
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    • Or the hospital.
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    Do not wear hairspray, hair gel.

  10. photo of fingers and feet

    If you are having a biopsy on fingers or feet.

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    Do not wear nail varnish.

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    On the day of trhe Biopsy.

    Go to reception and tell them your name.

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    Have a seat in the waiting area.

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    The nurse will call your name.

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    You may have to put on a gown.

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    Having a biopsy

    You may get an injection to numb the area (local anaesthetic)

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    You may need stitches

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    You will be given an information sheet on how to look after your wound.

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    You may need to take paracetamol for pain

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    Do not take aspirin or ibruprofen

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    After your biopsy

    The cells or tissue are then looked at under a microscope.

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    You should phone your doctor.

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    If your wound area gets red and swollen.

    Bleeding from wound

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    You will go back to your doctor to talk about the results.