Fine-needle biopsy of the breast

Photograph of a fine-needle biopsy of the breast

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In a fine-needle breast biopsy, your doctor inserts a thin needle into a lump and removes a sample of cells or fluid. The sample is examined under a microscope.

Last Updated: April 29, 2009

Medical Review: Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH - Family Medicine & Brent Shoji, MD - General Surgery

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