This page gives you information about aftercare following your CT abdominal biopsy.

What to expect after your biopsy

You can eat and drink normally after your CT biopsy. We recommend that you drink plenty of fluids for the next 2 to 3 days.

The results of the CT scan will be sent to the doctor who requested the test. The doctor will contact you to arrange a follow-up appointment.

If you experience any of the possible complications listed on the following page, it is important that you follow the advice given in the ‘Actions to take column’.

Possible complications

Possible complications
What to look for Possible complication Frequency Actions to take
Bruising Common Take simple pain relief such as paracetamol to relieve any pain.
Swelling and pain around the site of the biopsy Haematoma Rare Apply a cold compress such as an ice pack wrapped in a tea towel. Take simple pain relief such as paracetamol to relieve any pain. If the swelling or pain does not improve over the next few days telephone the Radiology Nurses.
Swelling over the biopsy site with redness, fever or chills Infection of the biopsy site Rare During working hours, telephone the Radiology Nurses for advice. Out of hours call NHS 111. Do not ignore this symptom

If you experience any other symptoms, please contact your GP for advice.

Contact information

If you have any problems or questions, please contact the Radiology Nurses on:

Tel: 0300 422 5152 or

Tel: 0300 422 3063

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Alternatively, you can you contact your GP or NHS 111.

NHS 111

Tel: 111

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