Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy of the Breast

Fine-needle biopsy of the breast

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

Current as of: August 22, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
C. Dale Mercer, MD - General Surgery
Laura S. Dominici, MD - Surgery, General Surgery, Oncology

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