A 28-year-old male asked:
What is the definition or description of: skin biopsy?
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Dermatology 15 years experience
Getting a sample: A skin biopsy is a way of getting a sample of skin for diagnostic purposes.
There are two main ways of doing this.
Shave biopsy. A blade is used to cut across the skin. It can leave a scar a bit like a golf divot.
Punch biopsy. A device that looks like a little cookie cutter is used to take a cylinder of skin. This goes all the way through the skin and is often closed with stitches.
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