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A 62-year-old female asked:

Dermatologist office called. tiny mole they removed was mildly dysplatic. he wants to do a larger incision 'just to be safe because of an area of damage skin'. what does this remark mean?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Dysplastic Abnormal: A dysplastic mole is not cancerous, but shows some changes that are not completely normal. Re-excision may be recommended if the margins are not clear, if they are very close or a larger sample is needed to be certain no additional treatment is needed.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Cautious doc: Dysplastic means that the skin cells were odd in character but not necessarily cancerous. These are called pre-cancerous by some as they can eventually change.It is likely that the edge of the material submitted had some distorted cells, which could mean they didn't get it all, or that the type of dysplasia found often has cells located away from the primary site.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Mole : Atypical , formerly termed dysplastic moles are "graded" mild, moderate, or severely atypical . The biopsy is read by a pathologist and it may be determined if the mole was completely removed or not. At times , the dermatologist may use clinical judgement to remove more tissue if the results are ambiguous . Talk to your dermatologist regarding all options

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