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The purpose of a bladder biopsy is to remove small pieces of cell or tissue from the bladder, which are then tested under a microscope in a laboratory.
During the procedure your doctor will insert a small tube with a camera on the end into the urethra, otherwise known as cystoscopy. The tissue collected is sent to the lab to be tested if:
- A tumour is seen during the exam.
- Abnormalities of the bladder are found during the exam
A bladder biopsy usually takes 15-30 minutes.
Will a bladder biopsy hurt?
During the procedure, you may feel some discomfort or urge to urinate when the bladder is filled during the biopsy. Any discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.