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Biopsy Synovial Tissue


Biopsy Synovial Tissue

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What is this test?

This test is used to check for the presence of any abnormalities or damage to the synovial tissue. In this test, a small tissue sample of the synovial membrane tissue is collected to observe any changes, infections, toxicities, signs of damage or malignancies (cancers or tumors) which might have occurred in the synovial tissue.

What is Synovial Biopsy and why is this done?

Synovial biopsy is a surgical procedure used to diagnose joint problems and is recommended when the cause of the symptoms is often not clear with other tests. The biopsy procedure uses surgical devices which are inserted into the suspected bone joints to collect the sample of the synovial tissue which is used for further tests. You may be given a local or general anesthetic based on the surgical procedure. The possible conditions which may require synovial biopsies include rheumatic arthritis, synovial cancers, osteoarthritis, gout, hemochromatosis, etc.

What is a Biopsy?

The biopsy is the process of collecting a small sample of tissue from various parts of the body. The sample for biopsy may include skin, the lining of the stomach, kidneys, liver, a fragment of bone or bone marrow, etc. This procedure is more like a minor surgery and an individual may recover within a day to one week based on the procedure. In this type of procedure, your doctor administers a small dose of local or systemic anesthetic during the surgery and collects a small sample of tissue from the suspected organ site and is sent to the laboratory for further analysis.

Why is this test done?

This test is recommended if an individual has the symptoms of pain and swelling at the joints, joint stiffness, infections at bone joints, malignancies (cancers), etc.

This test is also recommended when regular tests and X-Rays are not enough to diagnose the presenting conditions/diseases like arthritis, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, synovial cancer, leukemic arthritis, hemochromatosis (abnormal iron deposits), etc.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Biopsy Synovial Tissue. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Biopsy Synovial Tissue.

It is recommended to avoid consumption of alcohol and certain medicines like painkillers, blood thinners, nutritional supplements, from one week before undergoing this test. Please contact your physician for necessary advice and instructions before undergoing this test.

Understanding your test results

The normal test results may vary depending on age, health history, medical condition, etc. The collected tissue sample is subjected to various tests and stains to identify the presence of any diseases or conditions.

Positive test results may indicate the presence of any tissue abnormalities or diseases.

The test results may be negative if there is no presence of any disease or condition.

Please consult your health provider after receiving your lab reports for further diagnosis or medical intervention based on your clinical condition.

GenderAge groupsValue
MALEAll age groupsThe observations are reported by the pathologist depending on the histopathological findings
FEMALEAll age groupsThe observations are reported by the pathologist depending on the histopathological findings
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