Q. My two biopsy reports show different timings. Does that sound strange?

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Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 02, 2016 and last reviewed on: Apr 03, 2020

Hi doctor,

My breast core biopsy pathology reports have different information. In one it is mentioned as specimen collected at 7.10 AM and 5 cores taken. And in the other specimen collected at 2 PM and 8 cores taken. Does that sound strange?



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  • Yes, it is strange, but not worrisome.
  • Biopsy reports timing would not matter much unless the tissue was kept outside, which is never done. If the tissue is not fixed (put on a fluid called as formalin), no opinion will be possible.
  • 5 cores or 8 cores, depends on the count, as a few might attach together or few might have broken. Not to worry on this front.
  • The report is the most important thing. If both have given the same report, then not to worry. If it is different, then reevaluation of slides may be necessary.

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