Common "Biopsy" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Biopsy is a diagnostic test which is ordered for the confirmation of diagnosis in certain conditions. In this procedure, a sample of the problematic tissue is removed from the body and sent to a laboratory to be observed under a microscope. There are different types of biopsies based on the procedure used to remove the tissue as well as extent of removal.

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What are the risks of conducting biopsy on a pregnant woman?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old and 20 weeks pregnant. I got an abnormal pap result with ASC-H. I had another pap two years ago and it was normal. My doctor wants to do a colposcopy and biopsy. However, I read that it does result in complication when biopsy is performed on a pregnant woman. Can I do bi...  Read Full »

Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair Bhaskaran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation and concern. You have to undergo colposcopy and if necessary biopsy too. It can be done during pregnancy and the only problem may happen is mild bleeding, which can be managed. If the lesion is mild, then it can be followed up. Moderate ...  Read Full »

Are salivary gland tumors of serious concern?

Query: Hi doctor, My biopsy report reads like this. Please comment. Sections examined show a tumor composed of oncocytic cells arranged in cribriform, cystic, and papillary architecture. Comedonecrosis is present within the cysts. Most of the tumor in the biopsies is in situ. Immunohistochemistry was attem...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read the description of the biopsy you have provided and will help you regarding it. I must emphasize that before commenting on anything, I must know the site (organ) of the biopsy performed that you have not mentioned. Similar descriptions may have different inter...  Read Full »

Can my 75-year-old mother with a previous radicular mastectomy for stage 2B cancer undergo radiation therapy?

Query: Hi doctor, My mum, who is 75- years- old, recently had a modified radical mastectomy for stage 2B invasive carcinoma (tumor size 3x3, two nodes of 19 dissected had metastasis). Her biopsy result says that NHS-grade 3 and positive lymph vascular and perineural invasion, the skin and areola and nipple...  Read Full »

Dr. Andrew Chellakumar Fenn

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A summary of the patient's diagnosis, cancer stage T2, n1 (tumor 2, node 1), Grade 3, Er pr positive (estrogen and progesterone receptor testing), Lvi pni (lymphovascular and perineural invasion) positive. She is 75 years old with cardiac Comorbidity. I would suggest ra...  Read Full »

My mother has a movable and painful lump in her breast. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother found a lump in her breast, which is movable and mildly painful. Then she was suggested for a mammogram, and it resulted as a mass lesion with an irregular margin of 3.1*3.9 inches birads v category. We are waiting for the biopsy result. She does not have any symptoms other t...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhatia Jatin Vinod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Mass of 3.1*3.9 inches will most likely be cancerous. If I were your treating doctor, I would first evaluate in detail the extent of the disease, with the help of examination, chest X-ray, ultrasound of the abdomen. Once confirmed that the condition is limited to the b...  Read Full »

Is whole body PET scan required to check the spread of tongue cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 65 years old and in excellent health. He is a diabetic and also has BP. But, his sugar levels and BP are very much in control. He is taking oral medication for both diabetes and BP. He is taking Telvas 20 mg for BP, Gluconorm for diabetes and taking thyroid medication for hyp...  Read Full »

Dr. Satya Narayan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to, he did not need whole body PET scan now. Yes, the standardized uptake value (SUV) number indicates the probability of cancer as it increases, but it is not confirmative. The SUV number can be increased in case of infection, inflammatory condition and cancer. But, we...  Read Full »

I have raised white lines in my mouth that I can scrape. Is it leukoplakia?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to the ENT for a sore throat. He ended up saying I have leukoplakia. It is mainly in the gap where I am missing the tooth. He said it was in other areas around my lower gum but it pretty much wiped off of there. I then went to my dentist who said it was not leukoplakia. I then went...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not at all a type of leukoplakia as seen in the picture. But, if you are a smoker, then I would recommend you stop smoking. It seems to be just hyperkeratinization of the oral mucosa which ca...  Read Full »

A firm, smooth, dome-shaped, non-tender lump under my lower lip was removed by a surgeon for a biopsy. Before removal, it grew one cm in diameter. Could it be a malignant lesion?

Query: Hello doctor, A few weeks ago, a yellowish, firm, dome-shaped smooth lump started to grow under my lower lip. It was visible only after pulling the lip down. My oral and maxillofacial surgeon suspected it could be a minor salivary gland tumor, so he removed the lesion with the salivary gland and sen...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to All benign and malignant oral cavity tumors have very similar features; hence, a biopsy is needed when we suspect a tumor in the initial visit, irrespective of the color. We cannot establish a confirmative diagnosis unless the cell type is studied under the microscope ...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take a biopsy for an oral mucocele?

Query: Hello doctor, I have what seems like an oral mucocele in my upper inner lip. I went to the dentist, and after looking at it, he said that it is most likely it is mucocele and referred me to the oral surgeon. He explained that they would remove it and send it in for a biopsy. That alone slightly worr...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry for the problems you have. It is probably a mucocele. But as you and your dentist have some confusion, you should have sent a clear picture of it for my opinion. Mucocele is a salivary gland cyst that is commonly found on the lower lip. It is a painless soft...  Read Full »

The tags on my penis are flexible without pain. Does it indicate skin tags or genital warts?

Query: Hi doctor, I was sexually assaulted last year. I got tested for all STDs, and everything came back negative. I also have type 1 diabetes with skin issues. I have some skin tags on my penis, and I showed my condition to a clinic, and the doctor told me that it is just skin tags. These tags are painle...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I have gone through the photos and details (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If they are movable and flexible, the lesion may be due to skin tags, as mentioned in case details. But warts also have to be ruled out. The differe...  Read Full »

Are swollen lymph nodes in the neck and groin without any symptoms concerning?

Query: Hello doctor, My 27-year-old daughter has had two enlarged lymph nodes in her neck and groin for four months. She had her blood tests done, and they have come back normal. She has no other symptoms. She is skinny, and so the doctor feels that the lymph nodes are noticeable for this reason. Is thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your daughter has had three palpable lymph nodes, two in the neck and one in the groin, for the last four months. Swollen lymph nodes generally develop due to previous or present...  Read Full »

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