What is Biopsy?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Skin Biopsy

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A biopsy is a medical test involving the removal of cells or tissues for examination. It is the removal of tissue from a living subject to determine the presence or extent of a disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diagnostic assessment 37 17
Evaluation/monitoring 7 3
Dysplastic nevus (atypical mole) 2 1
Melanoma 2 1
Thyroid nodule 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
3
Moderate
1
Mild
9
None
11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Biopsy

Side effect Patients
Pain 6
Hematoma on breast 1
Lumpectomy 1
Major depressive disorder 1
Numbness in feet 1
Pleural effusion 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Biopsy

Dosage Patients
as needed 4
every other week 1
one time 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 0
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 17
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3 patient evaluations for Biopsy

Nov 22, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for transplant rejection prevention)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Every 3 months
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 18, 2009 (Started Sep 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for spot in right breast)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiny scar, pain)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Spot was so tiny that when they did the biopsy , it was scraped away. The results were benign fibros
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: tiny scar, pain

Jul 27, 2009 (Started Sep 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for spot in right breast)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: tiny scar, pain

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for observation and tests)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for breast cancer)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hematoma on breast, Hematoma on left breast, lumpectomy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: One time

  • 0 helpful marks
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