Diagnostic Tests and Surgical Procedures

Excisional Biopsy of the Breast

What is the test? In an excisional biopsy of the breast, the surgeon makes an incision in the skin and removes all or part of the abnormal tissue for examination under a microscope. Unlike needle biopsies, a surgical biopsy leaves a visible scar on the breast and sometimes causes a noticeable change in the breastís shape. Itís a good idea to discuss the placement and length of the incision with your surgeon beforehand. Also ask…

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