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Does a shave biopsy usually get enough of a sample to determine squamous cell carcinoma? biopsy said wart with atypical keratinocytes but recommend removal because of atypica. is it likely shave missed squamous cell?

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Dr. John Berryman answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

"Shave biopsies " are usually going to pick up any abnormal cell type in a wart-like lesion, but if there is a question, an excisional biopsy with Mohs surgery can be done by a dermatologist, if a squamous cell carcinoma is present.

Answered Dec 30, 2021

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

Shave biopsy is an optimal way to biopsy a lesion. The lesion should be removed in its entirety.

Answered Dec 30, 2021

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