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How long for mole biopsy results if bad? My doc said they only call if bad. When is a avg time to say I'm in the clear? Done tues AM, now Friday

How long for mole biopsy results if bad? My doc said they only call if bad. When is a avg time to say I'm in the clear? Done tues AM, now Friday

Time: It usually takes 2-3 days for pathology reports to come back to the office of your surgeon or physician. The pathologist will report the result no mater if it is good or bad. Every pathology specimen has a report, no mater the result that it has. Give it some time. Hope this helps. Read more

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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I had a black mole biopsied, results showed moderate atypical cells. Should this be watched or removed.

I had a black mole biopsied, results showed moderate atypical cells. Should this be watched or removed.

Removed: Taking biopsy of a mole is not a usual procedure. The mole should be removed in its entirety and tissue sent to a pathologist for examination. Read more

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Got results from biopsy and sent for 2nd opinion- derm says mole was "funny" looking with a lot of benign cells. What does this mean?

Got results from biopsy and sent for 2nd opinion- derm says mole was "funny" looking with a lot of benign cells. What does this mean?

Clinical impression: My impression is that your dermatologist examined the mole and believed it was suspicious looking, that is, it had the characteristics of a cancer. A biopsy is done to establish a tissue diagnosis. The first pathology report did not confirm any cancer, so I suspect your doctor wanted assurance that the mole was benign, and asked for a second opinion. Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal cells in mole biopsy?

Abnormal cells: Certain mole characteristics may lead a physician to biopsy it. Basically, the goal is to rule out a canerous growth. If cells are abnormal, the cells may be in the process of transforming and perhaps, your physician may recommend removing the mole. Read more

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What do abnormal cells in mole biopsy indicate?

What do abnormal cells in mole biopsy indicate?

How abnormal?: There is a range of abnormalities. The abnormality may be due to physical irritation, inflammation; dysplasia is also abnormal but removal of the lesion should take care of that. At the extreme, the abnormality may be due to cancerous cells. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. Read more

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I had a mole on back biopsied. Dr said it was very very slightly atypical, so she wants to recheck in 6 mos. If it grows back, is this a bad sign?

I had a mole on back biopsied. Dr said it was very very slightly atypical, so she wants to recheck in 6 mos. If it grows back, is this a bad sign?

Not necessarily.: Did she take out the whole mole or just biopsy part of it? Knowing that would help us answer the question properly. Get your follow-up as scheduled. But if it changes rapidly, call and see if you should go back sooner. Read more

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How long does it take for a lab to do a biopsy on a mole and for you to get results?

1 to 2 days: A biopsy is usually processed and reported in 24 to 48 hours. The things that could delay that is if the biopsy goes to a lab in another state for processing. At worst, this should only add another 24 hours to the entire process. Read more

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I recently had a mole removed and it healed up perfect. The biopsy came back pos. For basil cell. What should I do now?

I recently had a mole removed and it healed up perfect. The biopsy came back pos. For basil cell. What should I do now?

Depends: Most of the time additional treatment is required. These tumors often have "roots" so to speak, and despite healing up, there is often residual skin cancer that will come back in a few months to years. Treatment at that time may not be as simple. Read more

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I had a slightly atypical mole shave-biopsied in April. Will the dr re-biopsy it at 6-month follow-up? Pink scar w/ slightly darker center.

I had a slightly atypical mole shave-biopsied in April. Will the dr re-biopsy it at 6-month follow-up? Pink scar w/ slightly darker center.

SHAVED MOLE: THE DOCTOR WILL SEE IT AND DEPENDING ON THE RESULT OF THE BIOPSY, THE DOCTOR MAY JUST FOLLOW IT AT INTERVALS TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES. IF IT IS BENIGN, PERHAPS NO MORE SURGERY WILL HAVE TO BE DONE. NOT TO WORRY. Read more

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When biopsied mole comes back atypical does this mean that the mole would have for sure turned into melanoma? Have had 2 "slightly atypical" - scared!

Watch carefully: Atypical means the cells are not completely normal. Depending on degree, can be pre-cancerous. See a dermatologist. Ask to have the pathology specimen re-read by a dermatopathologist. Just to be safe. If still atypical, follow the area closely with a dermatologist. Read more

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I just a atypical Nevis mole removed it was biopsy before and came back no cancer there resend in it to pathology could it still be cancerous?

I just a atypical Nevis mole removed it was biopsy before and came back no cancer there resend in it to pathology could it still be cancerous?

Unlikely: If entire mole is removed, if report has no cancer then there is no cancer and is a good news. How ever in rare cases due to unusual appearance pathologist will also will seek second opinion, for special stains etc then will confirm and give the official report. Speak to your surgeon. Read more

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Skin mole removal question? Am expat, limited resources, biopsy basal cell, can I wait 2 mo till in us>

Skin mole removal question? Am expat, limited resources, biopsy basal cell, can I wait 2 mo till in us>

Maybe: Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so a delay in treatment for a couple of months may be ok in some cases. But it really depends where it is, what type it is and how advanced it is. You should get some advice from a dermatologist regarding your options. Read more

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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. Read more

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I had mild atypical mole shave biopsied 2 mos ago. Scar's pink w darker pink in middle. I know pigment may regrow, but can I wait till 6 mo follow up?

I had mild atypical mole shave biopsied 2 mos ago. Scar's pink w darker pink in middle. I know pigment may regrow, but can I wait till 6 mo follow up?

Follow up: That is a reasonable time frame for follow up. But if you notice worrisome changes sooner that don't seem like normal healing don't hesitate to call for an earlier appointment. Read more

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I had a small mole biopseyed on my neck. It came back as squamos cell carcinoma. The biopsy apparantly got all of the mole. Should I have surgery?

I had a small mole biopseyed on my neck. It came back as squamos cell carcinoma. The biopsy apparantly got all of the mole. Should I have surgery?

If tumor remains: Squamous cell carcinoma treatment depends on location, age, size, depth but if small, the excision biopsy could have taken all cancer cells. Verify with docs and pathologist if that is the case, since apparently is the operative word. Margins should be free. If unsure, Moh's and excision wider margins are choices with high cure rates. Local drugs, radiotherapy are options for residual tumor. Goodluck Read more

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Shave biopsy on mole. Derm used dermatoscope & said it was scratched. Biopsy not atypical w/ inflammation. Doc wanted 3 more slides to 2x check. Why?

Shave biopsy on mole. Derm used dermatoscope & said it was scratched. Biopsy not atypical w/ inflammation. Doc wanted 3 more slides to 2x check. Why?

Not sure: When you say "doc wanted 3 more slides to 2x check" I am not sure what you mean. Did you mean the doctor wanted to do another procedure on you to "confirm" the diagnosis? Or did he want the pathologist to take more sections from the same specimen? Sometimes "inflamed" moles can look pretty worrisome and the pathologist will take more samples from the whole specimen. Read more

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Small, thin 2mm dark mole removedvia shave biopsy. "slightly atypical with clear margins" doc says done. Should more tissue be taken? Mom died of Mel.

Small, thin 2mm dark mole removedvia shave biopsy. "slightly atypical with clear margins" doc says done. Should more tissue be taken? Mom died of Mel.

Atypical mole: A biopsy report of "slightly atypical with clear margins" does not indicate melanoma or a need to remove more tissue. However, the accuracy of the biopsy report depends on the reliability of the pathologist. If your instinct leaves you in doubt, you might ask for a second opinion from a different pathologist. Read more

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Hello. A shave biopsy revealed a mildly atypical mole, that pathologist said had clear margins, 6 months later mole has repigmentation in center. I am leaving the country in ten days for six months. Can I monitor the mole and watch if pigmentation increas

You can not: A physician can, reappearance of pigmentation is not the criteria. First find through your doctor, the management for next 6 months, may help you get some one to monitor it in that country. Or get it removed and analyzed (pathology) if it has no malignant change, you don't have to worry, then no need to monitor till you come back. Read more

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