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Adrenal Gland Biopsy
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An adrenal gland biopsy is a procedure done to take a tissue sample from your adrenal gland. A biopsy is usually done if your caregiver wants to check a tumor on the adrenal gland for cancer.
You may be given medicine to help your symptoms. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not working or you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why you take them. Take the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to have another CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound after your procedure. Blood tests may also be done to check your hormone levels. Ask your primary healthcare provider when to return for these tests. He may also need to remove stitches or follow up on the results of your biopsy. He may refer you to a specialist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Wash your hands before and after you take care of your wound.
- Carefully check the wound and the area around it. Watch for more swelling, redness, or fluid oozing out of it.
- Cover your wound with a layer of sterile gauze bandage or other dressing as ordered by your primary healthcare provider.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You are bleeding from your biopsy site.
- Your biopsy site is swollen, red, or has pus coming from it.
- You have questions or concerns about your medicine or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.
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