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Dr. William Singer
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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 cervical punch biopsy last Wednesday. The discharge is gone by now. Do I really have to wait two weeks to have intercourse?

It's really up to U: I'll defer to your physician, but I don't see the sense in waiting. These biopsy sites are covered with a good fibrin layer and early granulation tissue after a few days. It's hard for me to see how going back to loving is going to increase an infection risk or damage the site. ...Read more

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Why did my doctor advise a punch biopsy?

Why did my doctor advise a punch biopsy?

Definitive diagnosis: If the dermatologist cannot diagnose your skin problem by looking at it, you need to have a tissue sample taken (biopsy) that will be examined by a pathologist to render a definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: punch biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: punch biopsy?

Skin Biopsy: A punch biopsy is a skin biopsy performed with a small circular blade (the punch). This is performed on a suspicious skin lesion to allow for pathologic diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had a punch biopsy about 2 months ago, and the edge of the area grew back. Is that normal?

I had a punch biopsy about 2 months ago, and the edge of the area grew back. Is that normal?

Sample only: Punch biopsies are not usually intended to completely excise a suspicious lesion, but only obtain a sample for pathologic evaluation. This is not unusual and if you don't have a follow-up scheduled with the physician who performed it then make one. ...Read more

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What should the scar look like after a punch biopsy?

What should the scar look like after a punch biopsy?

Depends: Some surgeons, as myself, will suture the opening after a punch biopsy, so it looks like a line. Others leave it open, and it looks like a hole. ...Read more

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I had some tests 2 weeks ago.. Punch biopsy along with a scrape it feels like im having severe contractions? Any advice please!!

I had some tests 2 weeks ago.. Punch biopsy along with a scrape it feels like im having severe contractions? Any advice please!!

Don't: Worry too much. It doesn't cause pain even during the procedure. Pain is mainly due to cx dilatation for which you are given anesthesi. ...Read more

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I have folliculitis and needle biopsies came back negative can I have an incisional or punch biopsy to isolate the microbe?

I have folliculitis and needle biopsies came back negative can I have an incisional or punch biopsy to isolate the microbe?

Sometimes: Folliculitis is usually staph aureus. If you have recurrent painful boils and drainage, that is culture negative, your problem may be hidradenitis and not folliculitis. ...Read more

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I had a punch biopsy done on my calf , results were clean, but I didn't go back to have the suture removed. What can I use to remove suture myself?

I had a punch biopsy done on my calf , results were  clean, but I didn't go back to have the suture removed. What can I use to remove suture myself?

Don't: It is not recommended that you remove the sutures yourself. It is very important that the sutures are removed appropriately and completely. If any part (as tiny as it may be) get stuck, it can cause an infection or an inflammatory response that may leave more of a scar there than necessary. If you are unable to go to the physician that treated you, you can go to an urgent care center to resolve it. ...Read more

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Have had 3 vulvar biopsies, 1st time was punch biopsy the others were not (special tool to carve out biopsy freehand + stitches) what's thedifference?

Have had 3 vulvar biopsies, 1st time was punch biopsy the others were not (special tool to carve out biopsy freehand + stitches) what's thedifference?

Size and location...: A punch for doing punch biopsies has a round cutting surface. They come in different sizes from 1mm to 6mm and up. Its a quick way to take a vulvar biopsy. But your doc can also use a scalpel or a pair of scissors to take a biopsy. It really depends where the problem is and what is best for the circumstances. A scalpel and stitches is usually used for larger biopsies. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is there any chance of becoming septic with a punch biopsy, I had knee replacements done?

Is there any chance of becoming septic with a punch biopsy, I had knee replacements done?

Highly unlikely.: The possibility of sepsis is highly unlikely with a punch biopsy. It is a relatively shallow removal of about 4 mm of tissue at the most, and no vessels bigger than capillaries are likely to be involved. People get this and go home the same day, so if it was deeper, and things like sepsis were involved, hospital stay and more intensive monitiring would be done. At most, a return visit is done. ...Read more

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What does overlying reactive pigmented epidermal hyperplasia mean? I had a punch biopsy done a few days ago.

A benign change: It means the overlying skin is a little thicker and a little darker than elsewhere. This is common overlying a benign dermatofibroma or benign fibrous histiocytoma. ...Read more

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Other than having surgery or getting a punch biopsy, are there any other ways of lighten moles? Like any home remedies?

Other than having surgery or getting a punch biopsy, are there any other ways of lighten moles? Like any home remedies?

No: Forget the do it yourself. Can you take out your own appendix? See a dermatologist for diagnosis and possible therapy. "Moles" is not a medical diagnosis. Any treatment depends on exactly what is there. ...Read more

Punch Biopsy (Definition)

A punch biopsy is a skin biopsy performed with a small circular blade (the punch). This is performed on a suspicious skin lesion to ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more