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Superficial Mass Needle Biopsy


A superficial mass needle biopsy is a procedure to remove cells or tissue located just under your skin. A fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy is used to remove a sample of cells or fluid. A core needle biopsy is used to remove tissue. The samples are then sent to a lab and tested for cancer.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for more tests or another procedure. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have more pain than usual near the mass.
  • The skin around the mass is more red or swollen than usual.
  • You have a large bruise near the mass.
  • You feel a new mass.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You cannot feel or move the area near the mass.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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