The purpose of biopsies is to obtain a tissue sample that
can be evaluated by a pathologist.
may be done under CT or ultrasound guidance.
Anaesthesia, local or general, may be
available upon request. For children or irritable patients, anaesthesia
will be inevitable.
were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have
been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or
when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have
informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your
exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the
information listed below.
Keep in mind that you
may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on
your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please
call (202) 336 3310 for the Mohandeseen branch, or (202) 417 5556 for
the Heliopolis branch.
You may have only clear liquids after midnight. Clear
liquids include water, juice, and tea or coffee without milk or sugar.
Do not eat any food.
It is very important that you let
the doctor who is requesting the biopsy know if you take any blood
You will be requested to have a
recent laboratory prothrombin time and concentration result available
with you prior to the examination. If the results are not satisfactory,
your procedure will be postponed (or cancelled) until your results are
You are also requested to have the
most recent radiological procedure available with you prior to the
examination for proper planning about the best site for biopsy taking.
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You will be kindly requested to
sign a written consent about the possible complications that may occur
during or as a result of the procedure prior to your examination.
You will then change into a
hospital gown and will lie on the table either on your stomach or back.
You skin will be cleaned with betadine antiseptic and will then be
numbed with local anesthetic.
A biopsy needle will then be
placed from the chosen site of biopsy under CT or ultrasound guidance. A
small amount of material will be removed through the needle so the cells
may be studied.
You will be in the procedure room
approximately 30-60 minutes.
It is very important to remember
that you must have someone to go home with you after the procedure.
Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen),
(202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a
radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10
a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.