Breast Biopsy - Types

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What are the different types of breast biopsy procedures and what do they involve?

Breast biopsy procedures include:

  • fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB),
  • core needle biopsy (CNB),
  • vacuum-assisted breast biopsy, and
  • excision biopsy (surgery).
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Comment from: mimi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I had an ultrasound core biopsy on the 24th march, due to a suspicious micro calcification cluster. I felt a sharp pain when anesthesia was injected, but felt nothing afterwards. Ten samples were taken in all. Now 8 days on I've still got pain in the area and a large bruise. But that doesn't matter as because of biopsy I've been given all clear. I've got benign calcified fibroadenoma.

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Comment from: CFGal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I had a core needle ultrasound guided vacuum breast biopsy yesterday. The nurses told me what to expect and emphasized that if I felt anything beyond tugging or pressure while the procedure was occurring I should speak up. I did feel an intense pain at the first sample, and I said so. They shot me up with more numbing medication, and I mostly did not feel the rest of the procedure. Today it is swollen and a bit sore and bruised. So far, overall, not a bad experience. It had to be done, one way or another, and I have had a surgical biopsy of the same breast in the past, which also hurt post-operation.

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