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I have very small pieces ok skin coming out from my body (eye back under arm). Can my dermatologist cut them without a biopsy first?

I have very small pieces ok skin coming out from my body (eye back under arm). Can my dermatologist cut them without a biopsy first?

Yes; skin tags: Benign skin tag likely. These are common protrusions of normal skin that tend to crop up in areas of the body, usually in creases around arm pits, groin, eyelids, neck. May be clipped without anesthesia or with. If classic appearance without atypical appearance , then complete excision may be performed without histo-pathological tissue evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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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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Can a benign Nevus grow back if excisional biopsy did not 100% remove it although it was removed completely to the naked eye? How long would it take?

Can a benign Nevus grow back if excisional biopsy did not 100% remove it although it was removed completely to the naked eye? How long would it take?

Regrowth of nevus: An incompletely excise nevus can, and most likely it will grow back...The timing is very unpredictable..it may be months or even years.... ...Read more

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How can an eye oncologist tell is there is a malignancy behind the eye without a biopsy?

How can an eye oncologist tell is there is a malignancy behind the eye without a biopsy?

Depends: If you mean behind the eyeball, that is something you can only see on an MRI and often times it is difficult to do a biopsy. A neurosurgeon will have to do it. If behind the eye you mean on the retina, then cancers in this area usually have a typical appearance (like melanoma or metastasis or lymphoma) and you can make the diagnosis without biopsy. ...Read more

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I am froom ethiopia. I was told that I have basal eye carcinoma. According to the biopsy, the tumor is as large as 2cmx1cm. What do you recommend me?

I am froom ethiopia. I was told that I have basal eye carcinoma. According to the biopsy, the tumor is as large as 2cmx1cm. What do you recommend me?

Basal Cell Carcinoma: Basal cell carcinoma are generally locally invasive types of cancers. They can be removed by several different methods. 1x2 cm is quite large and should probably be surgically removed. ...Read more

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Had a biopsy on nose near the eye i left the office without it covered it is really hard to place a bandage or band aid there is is ok to leave uncove

No bandage: Should not be a problem, as infections in the face are actually fairly rare. Keep it clean and dry and it should heal without problems. Call the surgeon, though, just to be sure he/she is okay with my advice. ...Read more

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I have HPV and bled after a pap. My dr told me she could see leisons on my cervix with her naked eye. Is this cancer? Waiting on biopsy and scared

I have HPV and bled after a pap. My dr told me she could see leisons on my cervix with her naked eye. Is this cancer? Waiting on biopsy and scared

Probalby not: What your doctor saw are likely pre-malignant lesions due to hpv infection. They range from low-grade to high-grade. Depending on the result of the pap smear, you may need colposcopy and a cevical biopsy. Follow up with the result and talk to you gynecologist. ...Read more

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Fleshy mass under top eye lid (lacrimal gland) i went to the opticians he said it's not a cyst or stye no fluid within it referred me for a biopsy ???

Fleshy mass under top eye lid (lacrimal gland) i went to the opticians he said it's not a cyst or stye no fluid within it referred me for a biopsy ???

Evaluation : Presumably you saw an optometrist who advised a biopsy of a fleshy mass located in the lacrimal gland or by it. The referral to an ophthalmologist would be the next step, who will be able to advise you on the differential diagnosis of this mass. Sometimes other testing is necessary before considering a biopsy (blood tests, imaging). A tissue biopsy may be advised when definitive treatment required ...Read more

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Kidney mass 2 small 2 biopsy yet, dr is keepin an eye on it till we can, but also have high potassium in blood & kidney is not functioing so well, ?

Kidney mass 2 small 2 biopsy yet, dr is keepin an eye on it till we can, but also have high potassium in blood & kidney is not functioing so well, ?

See Nephrologist: Kidney lesions are usually not biopsied and monitored. If suspicious for cancer will need partial nephrectomy but is unlikely at your age. Work up for hyperkalemia(high potassium) need to be done by a kidney doctor. While kidney insufficiency is a major cause of high potassium, it is not the only one. ...Read more

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Why do I need a biopsy? 

Why do I need a biopsy? 

Tissue Diagnosis: I presume that you had a radiologic study and/or examination that showed an abnormality for which a doctor recommended a biopsy. While the above studies may be helpful, they are usually not 100% diagnostic. A biopsy provides tissue to evaluate under the microscope for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is sentinal node biopsy?

What is sentinal node biopsy?

A surgical procedure: This is a surgical procedure to identify the first node that receives drainage from the site of the cancer, and is thus the node most likely to have cancer if cancer has spread. It is done routinely for breast cancer and melanoma. Thenode is removed and examined under the microscope for cancer. The results will help determine what additional treatments may be needed. ...Read more

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Does biopsy checks for cystis?

Does biopsy checks for cystis?

Yes : Yes, cystitis will usually be seen on a biopsy. A biopsy may not be necessary. ...Read more

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What kind of biopsy will I have?

What kind of biopsy will I have?

It depends: The type of biopsy recommended depends on many things such as location and type of mass that is being biopsied. Some are done with a fine needle, some require more extensive incisions. Your doctor will explain exaclty what type of biopsy it will be. ...Read more

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What is incision biopsy?

'to cut' biopsy: 'incisional biopsy' literally means to 'cut out some tissue' to get a good sample of a particular lesion (usually skin but can be any biopsy). An excisional biopsy is similiar but this refers to removing the whole lesion with normal tissue around it (as in a small dark mole removed). Biopsies are sent to a pathologist who 'reads' the slides under a microscope looking for abnormal cells/diseases. ...Read more

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Are prostate biopsies dangerous?

Maybe: Prostate biopsies are very safe but there are increasing reports recently of higher resistance rates to the antibiotics we use prior to the biopsy. This means a potentially higher rate of infection but overall the incidence is still very small. The most common problem after a prostate biopsy is bleeding and infection but is usually not lifeb threatening. ...Read more

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