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Common Biopsy Specimens

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Tissue samples — also called biopsy specimens — usually come from one of the organs or organ systems listed below and help us diagnose common diseases.

Type and Possible Reasons for a Biopsy

Breast

Prostate

Lung

Uterus/cervix/ovary

Colon and stomach

Skin

Bone marrow/blood/lymph node

Thyroid

If you are looking for information about a biopsy or condition that is not listed above, please visit our Health Library.