Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNA)

A fine needle aspiration biopsy is a medical diagnostic procedure that is used to investigate abnormal lumps or masses in the body by removing a sample of cells with a hollow needle (needle biopsy). The tissue sample is sent to pathology for testing.

Why have it done?
Though other imaging tests like mammogram, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can reveal abnormal lumps or masses in the body, a biopsy is needed to make a diagnosis and rule out certain conditions, such as cancer. This information allows the doctor to plan the appropriate treatment.
  • Internal and external bleeding.
  • Injury to nearby organs.
  • Inadequate amount of cells removed for testing (<5%), requiring repeating the procedure.
  • Pneumothorax in the case of lung biopsy.
In the case of fine needle aspiration/lung or abdominal biopsy with imaging, after you are discharged it is recommended that you stay at a hotel close to the hospital for at least 1 day for convenience in traveling to the hospital if any complications arise after the procedure.
An open biopsy.

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