An audit of pain/discomfort experienced during image-guided breast biopsy procedures

Breast J. Nov-Dec 2005;11(6):398-402. doi: 10.1111/j.1075-122X.2005.00129.x.

Abstract

A prospective audit of 221 breast biopsies was carried out to assess the pain/discomfort experienced during image-guided breast biopsies. The only significant factor in pain scores was the size of the needle used. Fine-needle aspiration cytology using a 21-gauge needle was found to cause the most discomfort.

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy, Fine-Needle / adverse effects*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Medical Audit
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Prospective Studies