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A 36-year-old female asked:

Does it matter what skin area is biopsied when the goal is to diagnose a condition such as lupus. i had puspular and circular scaly places.

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Yes: Lupus may or may not involve skin. When it does, the biopsy will help define the problem if taken from involved skin. Other areas will reveal only normal skin.
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
See below: You try biopsy a site that appears to be most active but you also want a site that will give the best specimen.

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