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Topic: Bruising after Biopsy?

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Posted on: Nov 7, 2019 10:54PM - edited Nov 7, 2019 10:57PM by cammie31

cammie31 wrote:

Hi all,

I'm new to the board, just had an MRI-assisted biopsy on Tuesday of two spots that revealed benign papilloma at 4:00 and flat epithelial atypia at 5:00 in my left breast. I'll be headed off to the surgeon next week as I'll need a larger area removed due to the FEA to make sure they got it all and to make sure there's nothing hiding out, but I have a more timely issue at the moment, and that is: my biopsies have left me with a GIANT bruise. Basically across the whole lower outer quadrant and stretching into the lower inner quadrant. Is this normal biopsy bruising or do I need to raise this as an issue? I bruise at the drop of a hat, but this is really impressive bruising....

Thanks for any light anyone can shed on this!

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Nov 8, 2019 12:51AM Veeder14 wrote:

Hi Cammie31,

Yes, the bruising is normal. I had the same thing, a huge bruised area that I didn't think would ever heal, but it did. In order to stop the bleeding after the biopsy, the technician/nurses aide jammed her hand on my breast so hard I thought a rib was broken, and thus more bruising. It will go away. I had lots more bruising after my surgery.

Good luck with your upcoming surgery.

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/25/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/7/2018 Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Nov 8, 2019 05:36AM gb2115 wrote:

Yeah the bruising can be impressive. It will probably take ages to go away too!

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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Nov 8, 2019 10:35AM SpecialK wrote:

cammie - you might try some heat, it may help disperse the bruising - with a hot water bottle, heating pad, or those bean bag things you warm in the microwave. You can make you own by putting some uncooked rice in a sock and securing the end with a hair tie. Additional options are topical Arnica gel, some extra oral Vitamin C, Bromelaine and Zinc.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3
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Nov 8, 2019 10:58AM cammie31 wrote:

Thanks, everyone. I'm sure it will look even more interesting after the excision. Sick

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Nov 8, 2019 11:22AM MelissaDallas wrote:

Oh, after the excision it will definitely be pretty, or at least mine was. Took forever to absorb/go away, and it follows gravity, so pools at the bottom after a while.

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
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Nov 8, 2019 11:57AM bcincolorado wrote:

I was given very tiny ice packs that could fit into my bra even that helped with bruising and swelling.

Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/7/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Dec 9, 2019 11:34PM DeeDeeT405 wrote:

I have a hard lump now almost 2 weeks after the biopsy. Is this normal?

Age at diagnosis 39; Mammary Carcinoma- IDC with lobular features Dx 12/21/2019, DCIS/ILC/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/11/2020 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Dec 13, 2019 09:02PM Rrobin0200 wrote:

the bruising is definitely normal.. I was black and blue and then when it began to heal, I was yellow. It’s lovely. 🙄

I developed a hematoma after the biopsy... it gradually went away. I’m sure that’s what this lump is.

Dx 3/6/2017, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/31/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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