Endometrial Biopsy (EMB)
An Endometrial Biopsy (EMB) is a diagnostic test performed to rule out endometrial (uterine) cancer.
There are a variety of symptoms that necessitate this procedure:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding,
- Postmenopausal bleeding
- Abnormality on pelvic ultrasound
EMB involves the removal of a small sample of endometrial (uterine) tissue for microscopic evaluation. The tissue is removed using a suction method, and the procedure generally takes fewer than 10 minutes to complete. Some patients will be asked to take a medication prior to the procedure to allow for the cervix to open more easily. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or naproxen 30 minutes to one hour before the appointment to help with cramping that may occur during the procedure. Cramping typically resolves very quickly, and patients are able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure in most cases. All patients are required to schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss results if biopsy is obtained.
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