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A needle biopsy of the spleen is a procedure to take a tiny sample (biopsy) of your spleen tissue. It is also called an aspiration biopsy or fine-needle aspiration. The tissue sample will be checked under a microscope for cancer or other problems. It may take a few days to get the results.
A spleen biopsy may be done when blood tests are abnormal. It also may be done when an ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI shows a problem with the spleen.
You will be watched for 2 to 4 hours after the biopsy while the sedative wears off. You will be checked for any signs of internal bleeding. You can go home if you have no problems after the test.
The test will take about 30 to 60 minutes.
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Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: September 23, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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