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Needle pancreas biopsy is a procedure to take a tiny sample (biopsy) of your pancreas tissue. It's done using a core needle biopsy or fine-needle aspiration. The tissue sample will be checked under a microscope for cancer or other problems.
A pancreas biopsy may be done when an ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI shows a problem with the pancreas.
The biopsy takes 20 to 60 minutes. It also takes time to prepare before the biopsy. And you can expect to be monitored after the biopsy for a few hours or more.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
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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