A biopsy is a medical procedure where a small tissue sample is taken for microscopic exam. This tissue sample can be taken from almost anywhere in the body including the stomach, skin, liver, lungs or kidneys. Biopsies are often used to diagnose the following conditions:
- Kidney disease
- Peptic ulcers
They can be used to diagnose conditions or investigate what is causing certain symptoms. For example, a biopsy can be used to tell if a growth or lump is cancerous or not.
There are various different types of biopsies:
- Scraping cells
- Punch biopsy
- An endoscopic biopsy
- An excisional biopsy
- A needle biopsy
- A perioperative biopsy
The type of biopsy used will depend where in the body the tissue sample is being taken from. Your doctor will usually refer you for a biopsy if you show symptoms of cancer or another illness. Usually, the results will be available within a few days, for serious conditions, although it could take longer and further tests may be needed. Failure to conduct a biopsy could mean a delay in providing treatment for your condition, which could be life-threatening if you are seriously ill.
Is failure to conduct a biopsy classed as medical negligence?
Medical negligence is a far-reaching term which can cover a variety of different situations. Whether medical negligence occurred or not needs to be determined on an individual basis, with a qualified expert who will assess the situation. Failure to conduct a biopsy could be classed as medical negligence – for example, if you have repeatedly visited your doctor showing concerns about a growth on your neck and they have refused to refer you for a biopsy, this could be considered negligent if you are later diagnosed with cancer.Open Claim Calculator
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