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A biopsy is the removal of a small amount of tissue or cells from specific parts of the body and subsequent examination under a microscope to confirm the presence of a cancer or any other abnormality.

When it's done:

When a cancer is suspected following a physical examination or imaging study, such as an x-ray, to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.

When to Avoid:

There is no specific condition, when this should be avoided.

How to prepare:

Before and During the Procedure

Preparation for the biopsy depends on the type of biopsy that is performed. Ask your doctor if you can eat or drink and if you can take your regular medications before the procedure A local anaesthetic agent is injected to numb the area of the biopsy to avoid pain Hold your breath when the needle is inserted and sit still during the entire procedure

After the Procedure

You may be able to get back to a normal routine immediately after the procedure or be required to stay in the hospital for further evaluation and observation depending on the procedure performed.

Consult your doctor if there are signs of infection, pain, fever or bleeding after the biopsy


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