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Brain Biopsy

What is a brain biopsy?

The cells within the tissue can help to determine what kind of abscess or tumour is present in the brain and most importantly if it is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Once the medical team know the diagnosis, they can plan a treatment pathway that will help to remove or shrink the abnormality.

Why might you need a brain biopsy?

If an abnormal is picked up in a brain scan, they may suggest a brain biopsy. This can be done in two different way:

  • An open biopsy – an incision is made in the skull and a small piece of tissue is removed near the surface of the brain

  • A needle biopsy – this is used when the abnormality is deeper in the brain. The needle is guided to the area and then a sample is taken. A GPS system is used to ensure that they get to the right part of the brain without damaging any of the surrounding area

This procedure is done by a neurosurgeon and his team and is then sent of to a pathologist. They will need around 5-7 days for a diagnosis.

If you would like to speak to our team about a brain biopsy or treatment after a brain biopsy, please contact our team on +44 161 327 0681 or email us at to discuss the different treatment options available for you with Mr D’Urso.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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