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Fine Needle Breast Biopsy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about a fine needle breast biopsy (FNBB)?

A FNBB is a procedure to remove a sample of fluid or tissue from your breast. The samples are sent to a lab and tested for cancer or infection.

How do I prepare for a FNBB?

What will happen during a FNBB?

What will happen after a FNBB?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may need a mammogram if a marker was inserted during your procedure. This will make sure that it is in the correct place. You may be sore or have bruising or swelling in your breast for a few days. Do not breastfeed for 24 to 48 hours if you received contrast liquid. The contrast liquid may harm your baby. You may go home after your procedure or you may need to spend a night in the hospital.

What are the risks of a FNBB?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. A pocket of blood or fluid may form under your skin. You may need surgery to drain or remove it. The biopsy needle may make a hole in your lung and cause trouble breathing. You may need other treatments to fix the hole.

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