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Breast Needle Biopsy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Breast Needle Biopsy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a needle breast biopsy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Bruising

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Chronic illness, like diabetes
  • Bleeding disorder

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the biopsy site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicine you were given after surgery, or that persist for more than two days after the procedure
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs

In case of an emergency, call 911immediately.



Posted 9 years ago

just had bx on 12/5/14 after arriving home about 3hrs later becames extremely pale sweats,nausea and felt like I was going to either vomit or passout.Could this be a side effect husband wanted to call 911.

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Posted 8 years ago

Had a core needle biopsy 02/03/2016. Since that time my breast had severe bruising. After that a large hard mass formed in my breast the size of my fist. I have been back to see the surgeon twice and am taking two antibiotics. Will be getting a Cat Scan.

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