A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if there are things a skin biopsy don't show?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Too many to list: Skin biopsy will only show the changes in the structure of the skin. A lot of metabolic disorders, and systemic disorders do not produce specific changes in the skin, e.g., atherosclerotic heart disease, dementia, breast cancer and so on. You need to have a specific reason to do a skin biopsy and should consult the pathologist for the results.
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