What does an inconclusive biopsy mean?

Libbyskitty6 asked...

What does it mean when you have a biopsy and it says inconclusive?

Expert Answer

Linda Ackerman, R.N. has clinical experience in oncology, women's health, and medical nursing. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and is a licensed registered nurse in both Florida and Wisconsin. In addition, she serves as a board member of Breast Cancer Recovery and the Wisconsin Cancer Council.

Inconclusive could mean that there were not enough cells to test, based on the biopsy sample, or something could have gone wrong during the shipping and handling of the tissue, which hindered the pathologist ability to analyze the cells.

I would recommend asking your physician specifically about the findings:

"¢ Was there enough tissue taken during the procedure to be examined?

"¢ Was there a problem with processing the tissue sample?

"¢ What would his/her recommendation be to support a final diagnosis?