Hi Panz Can you give us a little more info on your situation? There are various ways to obtain samples that include cells from a duct. What symptoms are you having that led to the decision to biopsy the duct? Did your DR tell you what kind of biopsy you will be having?
Here is a good link describing the different biopsy procedures:
I have not had specifically a duct biopsy, although once I did have bleeding from one nipple and my DR told me that if it occurred again, they would remove the duct and biopsy it. It would be like a small excisional biopsy (essentially a lumpectomy but specifically targeting that one tiny duct rather than an actual 'lump').
Thanks for your quick response. I was having bloody discharge from one breast for about 2 weeks. Some of it was spontaneous. First my MD did a pap on the fluid, which confirmed that there was blood present. Then I had a diagnostic mammogram, then an ultrasound, which really showed nothing. I have no palpable mass or anything like that. The radiologist did a galactogram which showed a cut-off in the discharging duct. The dye just stopped abruptly and did not go into any of the branches, etc. The next step was to be an MRI but my MD is sending me to a surgeon instead next for the "biopsy", I was just wanodering how that particular biopsy could be done, without a mass present.
Thanks in advance!
It sounds like the surgeon could choose either an excisional biopsy (lumpectomy) or more likely some type of core needle biopsy. I've had two core needle biopsies, both times Mammotome type. Here are the links to my posts about that procedure: