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Tests and procedures used to diagnose desmoid tumors include:

  • Imaging tests. Mayo Clinic doctors have access to a variety of imaging techniques to help create images that help guide diagnosis and treatment. Technologies used to analyze desmoid tumors include CT and MRI.
  • Removing a sample of tissue for testing (biopsy). To make a definitive diagnosis, your doctor sends a sample of the tumor tissue to a laboratory for testing. There, doctors trained in analyzing body tissues (pathologists) examine the sample to determine the types of cells involved. This information helps guide your treatment.

    In order to obtain a tissue sample, surgeons remove some or all of the tumor during an operation.

May 27, 2014