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Breast changes after biopsy


Re: Breast changes after biopsy

Hi MoonandStars

Thanks for posting.

It sounds as though you are awaiting a second biopsy so its natural to worry if any bruising from the first biopsy could lead to a delay.

A breast biopsy usually causes some bruising and sometimes can cause a haematoma to form (a  collection of blood in the area of the biopsy).  Internal bruising or a haematoma may cause a hard lump in the area of the biopsy which can also be tender and painful. This may take many weeks to be reabsorbed by the body and would be assessed at the clinic before your next biopsy. It is possible to repeat a biopsy when there is bruising, but this is usually assessed by doing an ultrasound prior to any procedure.  If the area that needs to be biopsied is visible, it is likely the biopsy would be repeated.

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Breast changes after biopsy


I had a biopsy on an 8mm lump 19 days ago (since had a recall as they missed the lump tissue) and the bruising has just about gone, however when I feel my breast I can still make out the small lump I had biopsied but around it is quite hard making it harder to distinguish the lump. Is this normal after a biopsy? Is this just internal bruising and will they be able to perform the second biopsy even if this hard area is still there?

Thank you