Fine needle aspiration procedure
A fine needle aspiration is a quick and simple procedure. It is used if your consultant wants to take a sample of cells for analysis.
It uses a thin, hollow needle to remove samples of tissue or fluid from a breast lump, usually without having to make a cut in the skin.
What to expect from an FNA procedure
If a lump is small, ultrasound may be used in conjunction with the procedure to help ensure cells are taken from the correct area of the breast.
The skin is cleaned where the needle is to be inserted and in some cases, you may also be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area.
Once a sample has been removed, it is sent to the laboratory for testing.
Most fine needle aspirations are carried out without any complications. You might feel a little sore for a couple of days after the test or you may develop a bruise at the site where the needle was inserted.
Usually, there is very little preparation necessary but we will advise you of any special requirements ahead of your appointment.
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