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Breast Biopsy
Questions about the definition, risks and results of breast biopsy.
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1/28/2018I have an architectural distortion - 3.6 cm found on tomo and burning sensation in my breast. For further testing ~ I can't do a stereotactic biopsy and am allergic to Iodine so if I do an MRI and MRI biopsy, I am told they would need to use gadolinium, a heavy metal. I have severe Lyme disease and am trying to find an alternative contrast agent or another way to check this area due to negative effects on my health. Otherwise I am considering not doing a biopsy and instead monitoring by tomo. Do you have any recommendations of alternatives to the contrast agent or other ways to check this area? Also, do you know the stats on the likelihood this area of concern is cancerous - not including DCIS. Thank you.
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1/28/2018If biopsy has been recommended, it is the only way to determine exactly what the mass is. If contrast material injection must be performed (because imaging with contrast material is necessary and no alternative imaging study will provide the desired information), corticosteroid premedication must be provided, if at all feasible. It is also suggested that steroid premedication be given to patients who have had previous mild allergic-like contrast reactions, such as hives. The majority of breast masses are benign (not cancer).

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