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Ateneo de Zamboanga University
College of Nursing
Nursing Skills Output (NSO)

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I. Description: A biopsy is a medical test commonly performed by a surgeon, interventional radiologist, or an interventional cardiologist involving sampling of cells or tissues for examination. It is the medical removal of tissue from a living subject to determine the presence or extent of a disease. The tissue is generally examined under a microscope by a pathologist, and can also be analyzed chemically. When an entire lump or suspicious area is removed, the procedure is called an excisional biopsy. When only a sample of tissue is removed with preservation of the histological architecture of the tissue’s cells, the procedure is called
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If the area being biopsied is on the skin, ascalpelwill beused to scrape off a sample.The biopsy may be taken with the assistance of medical imaging such asultrasound. The medical imaging is used to correctly identify the area of interestso that the sample is taken from the right place.In a wire-guided biopsy, the imaging is used while fine wires are placed to mark the area which needs to be biopsied, and a surgeon uses the wires as a guide for asurgical biopsy.
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Before the procedure, you need to discuss a range of issues with your doctor or surgeonincluding:
•Medical history, including any prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbs, vitaminor mineral supplements you may be taking. Some preparations can interact with surgicalmedications and need to be avoided.
•Other tests, such as blood tests or ultrasound scans, may need to be done prior to the biopsy (depending on the nature of the condition under investigation).
•Clean the area where the biopsy is supposed to be done. If hair is present, shave it off.
•Inform the patient that he/she will experience discomfort during the procedure.
•Instruct the patient to stay completely still during the procedure, if conscious. During Procedure:
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