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A needle biopsy of the adrenal gland is a procedure to take a tiny sample of your adrenal gland tissue. It may be done as a fine-needle aspiration biopsy or as a core needle biopsy. The tissue sample will be checked under a microscope for cancer or other problems.
A needle biopsy of the adrenal gland may be done when certain blood tests are abnormal. It also may be done when an ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI shows a problem with the adrenal gland.
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: September 8, 2022
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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