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what is the difference between an excisional and incisional biopsy?

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Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Type of surgery: An incisional biopsy cuts out a piece of the tumor but does not remove it completely. An excisional biopsy removes the entire tumor which can them be studied in the laboratory.
Answered on May 9, 2016
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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience Neurology
Two words: To incise means cutting into some tissue to excise is taking something out.
Answered on Nov 12, 2013

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