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Get it checked: Anytime there is a change in the character of a mole in terms of size, color or pain it should be evaluated by a dermatologist or family doctor. Red color indicates blood from increased growth or trauma. There are some growths that are primarily vascular and can be treated with laser instead of excision. ...Read more
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
It varies: The level of discomfort experienced can vary considerably. Different people have different pain tolerance. Inflammatory nodules are likely to be more tender than cysts or tumors. Different doctors choose different size needles. Some use lidocaine, a local anesthetic, some do not. Most patients experience a level of pain similar to what they feel while getting an IV started. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pigmented lesion ..Back...Biopsy sheets dermoepidermal junction nests pigmented bland looking round cells &nuclei.......Whats diagnosis plz?
Sounds benign: This description sounds like a benign mole or what a pathologist would call a junctional nevus. There should be a final diagnosis on the report in addition to the description. Doesn't sound worrisome or atypical to me. ...Read more
Benign: Nothing more needed, even if incomplete removal. ...Read more
DYSPLASTIC NEVUS: THIS IS A NEVUS (MOLE) WITH AN ABNORMAL DEVELOPMENT OR GROWTH OF CELLS. THIS SHOULD BE SEEN BY A DERMATOLOGIST WHO WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO EITHER WATCH IT PERIODICALLY OR TO CUT IT OUT -- BIOPSY IT -- UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA AND THEN SEND THE SAMPLE TO A SPECIALIZED PATHOLOGIST FOR AN EXAMINATION. ...Read more
Pathology moderate atypical dysplastic nevus, recommend further excision. Is this cancer/melanoma?
Need more info: "cancerous change" can mean many things. There are different pre-cancerous changes seen on breast biopsies, such as ADH (vasopressin) or alh (atypical ductal or atypical lobular hyperplasia). There are early cancers called dcis or lcis (ductal carcinoma in situ or lobular carcinoma in situ). Hopefully this is nothing, but we need more information. Make sure to follow-up with your doctor! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: This depends on how thick the melanoma is in millimeters (the breslow depth) and other factors. For melanoma >1mm it is considered standard, for melanoma 0.75 to 0.99, other factors like age or mitotic rate are considered. Less than 0.75 may be 'overkill' but every patient should discuss the risks and benefits with their surgeon. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dysplastic nevi: Generally i don't do shave biopsies of suspected dysplastic nevi. However if a deep saucerization was done it might be all out. It depends if the doctor thinks that the lesion was removed or not. If just the top of the lesion was removed, it should be re excised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer