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Questions about the definition, risks and results of breast biopsy.
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|11/16/2011||I had a lump in my breast and upon ultrasound was suspected of being a fibroadenoma. The ultrasound also showed an enlarged lymph node under my arm. 6wks later, the node looks the same size statistically but appears irregular. My doctor wants to remove the entire node and I am wondering if |
a) perhaps the node will go back to its regular shape
b.) if a core needle biopsy could work instead of the surgical removal
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|11/16/2011||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Imaging is a wonderful aid, but a true diagnosis is only obtained by a tissue sample, with a biopsy. Here, we would biopsy the lump in your breast, with a minimally invasive procedure such as a core needle biopsy, under ultrasound guidance. The (enlarged) suspicious lymph node would be biopsied as well, by FNA (fine needle aspiration) also under ultrasound guidance. We would not remove the entire node! We recommend you seek consultation at a Comprehensive Breast Center for further evaluation. We are only a mouse click or phone call away...best wishes! |
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