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#1 Sadie

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 02:29 PM

Hi all. I have been a member here for several years. I have systemic sclerosis minus the skin involvement. I've had some weird mammograms and sonogram so next step is having a stereotactic biopsy which involves placing a titanium marker in my breast. I'm just now starting to research this procedure. Has anyone had this and doesn't having a piece of metal in your body seem worrisome as far as setting off your WBC?

#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 05:09 PM

Hi Sadie,

 

Welcome to Sclero Forums!  I'm sorry you have scleroderma, and that you need a breast biopsy too, and send my best wishes to you.  As it happens, I don't know anything about titanium markers, so I am going to sit back and await responses to this thread, right along with you.

 

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#3 miocean

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 04:05 AM

HI Sadie,

 

I had a stereotactic breast biopsy years ago when the procedure was relatively new. It is much less invasive than a lumpectomy. The only risk I was told of at the time was that there was a possibility that the needles could miss an area. I am sure over the years they have refined this down to a science. I was not diagnosed  with scleroderma at the time and had no active symptoms.

 

The procedure is painless. The area is numbed and then using guided imaging like a mammogram several needle samples are taken to be analyzed. I have no visible scar or mark left from it.

 

My area of concern ended up being cystic breasts and I hope you end up with a benign diagnosis as well. I am sure you are very worried and hope the test eases that for you.

 

Best wishes,

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 06:19 AM

Hi Sadie,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

I'm sorry to hear that you have Scleroderma and have also been having some worrying problems which necessitate you having to have a stereotactic biopsy. Like Shelley, I'm afraid I have no experience of the procedure, but Miocean has been able to give you some helpful and informative advice.

 

I'm very glad you've found our forums and joined our community; please do keep posting and let us know how the procedure goes and also the result of it.

 

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