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Animal Biopsy Treatment Bangor ME

For skin and subcutaneous masses, many surgeons favor a spring-loaded Tru-cut biopsy needle. There are a variety of manufacturers, diameters and lengths. What is needed depends on the nature and the size of the mass.

Bangor Veterinary Hospital
(207) 947-7103
1648 Broadway
Bangor, ME

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Veazie Veterinary Clinic
(877) 553-7088
1522 State St
Veazie, ME

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Eastern Maine Emergency Vetry
(207) 989-6267
15 Dirigo Dr
Brewer, ME

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Kindred Spirits Veterinary Svc
(207) 825-8989
857 River Rd
Orrington, ME

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Ridge Runner Veterinary Svc
(207) 223-2596
559 S Main St
Winterport, ME

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Hoffman, Tori, Dvm - Bangor Veterinary Hospital
(207) 947-7103
1648 Broadway
Bangor, ME

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Brewer Veterinary Clinic
(207) 989-6531
111 Pierce Rd
Brewer, ME
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Mon 07:00 AM-05:30 PM;Tue 07:00 AM-05:30 PM;Wed 07:00 AM-05:30 PM;Thu 07:00 AM-08:00 PM;Fri 07:00 AM

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Timberland Animal Hospital
(207) 827-7177
20 Stillwater Ave
Orono, ME

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559 S Main St
Winterport, ME

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Turner Veterinary Service
(207) 370-9960
273 Auburn Rd
Turner, ME
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Monday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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How to Efficiently Biopsy Lumps, Bumps

During a routine visit, an owner points out a mass on the medial hock of her 6-year-old boxer.

A strange-looking 8–year-old German shepherd has a huge nasal mass.

A 10-year-old Labrador has a large, firm mass along the entire caudal thigh.

What are your rule-outs?

What do you tell your clients?

  1. “Just watch it.”
  2. “Come back for a recheck in six months.”
  3. “Big surgeons make big incisions. Let’s amputate the body part in question.”
  4. “I would recommend further testing.”
  5. Obviously, all Veterinary Practice News readers chose the fourth and only reasonable answer. The classic expression “Just watch it” has been dubbed the three deadliest words in veterinary medicine.

    Yes, “further testing” is in order. Either a fine-needle aspirate (FNA) or a biopsy should be performed. Because they provide information about the architecture, in addition to the cell types, biopsies tend to be more accurate and informative than FNAs.

    Here are some suggestions for taking biopsies.

    Core Biopsy
    For skin and subcutaneous masses, many surgeons favor a spring-loaded Tru-cut biopsy needle. There are a variety of manufacturers, diameters and lengths. What is needed depends on the nature and the size of the mass.

    There are typically two firing modes so that a short or a long sample can be harvested. It is slightly more invasive than an FNA, only because the diameter of the needle is larger than an injection needle. This should be a sterile procedure, performed under heavy sedati...

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