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Does A Punch Biopsy Remove Moderate Abnormal Mole
I had a punch biopsy done to remove a mole. My doctor did not stitch it. Will i be left with a hole in my skin?
Biopsy : A punch biopsy will heal with a small scar. It takes longer to heal without stitches in place. See your doctor if you are concerned for evaluation. ...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
I had a punch biopsy to remove mole on labia majora my dr gave me antibiotic ointment that expired 3years ago. I didn't know until 4days after using it?
Expired : A product loses its effectiveness after the expiration date. One should contact the physician for a recommendation as to what product should be applied to a healing wound. For example, a topical antibacterial or vaseline to name a couple of possibilities. ...Read more
Had 2 mm punch biopsy for two moles (inner forearm and stomach). Can I exercise (pilates, yoga, etc.) immediately after the sutures are removed?
Usually : You would be able to....Get a more detailed answer ›
Depth: The main difference is depth. In punch biopsy you try to get as much depth as possible while in a shave you try to scrape the lesion without going too deep. ...Read more
Other than having surgery or getting a punch biopsy, are there any other ways of lighten moles? Like any home remedies?
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
I've had a previous punch biopsy on the thumb of my right(dominant) hand. The labs back with no abnormal cells. I have another black striation on the same digit but different place on the nail. Is this normal? Do I need to have this biopsied as well? I am
Splinter hemorrhage?: A splinter hemorrhage is an area of old blood under the nail from an injury to the nail or from an infection of the heart called endocarditis. You mention having had a punch biopsy previously, so it may have been related to that, but it would be wise to review this with your doctor so a possible infection is not missed. ...Read more
I had a (benign) mole punch biopsied 4 months ago and now it's regrown through the scar. It looks horrible. What can my dermatologist do to help?
Full excision: Glad you got that mole diagnosed. You can almost certainly have it removed, perhaps with a skin ellipse or something even simpler. This happens often & I wish you a speedy recovery. ...Read more
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
What does overlying reactive pigmented epidermal hyperplasia mean? I had a punch biopsy done a few days ago.
Small punch biopsy today at top of thigh. Noticed tonite that the stitch came out. Must have got pulled by pants. Problem or ok just to use bandaid?
No: Normal and should go away within 2 weeks. ...Read more
Yes: But it should be minimal.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have folliculitis and needle biopsies came back negative can I have an incisional or punch biopsy to isolate the microbe?
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. It's 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 on 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
What is a "connective tissue disease"? Had punch biopsy on rash, suggestive of early connective tissue disease. What is "connective tissue?"
Connective tissue: This is a constellation of disease affecting the supporting tissue throughout the body. It involves fat, cartilage, bone.there are different types with names such as Eleros Danlos, Marfans syndrome, Osteogensis imperfecta, they are all a result of gene dysfunction.ie are inheritable disorders. Most are fairly uncommon. The treatment varies depending on the specific areas involved ...Read more
Punch biopsy hole has thick grayish white stringy stuff attatched inside. No pain, redness or swelling around it. Is this an ok healing process?
Discharge: Maybe you also have some type of vaginal infection that occurred about the same time. ...Read more
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
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
Had punch biopsy done on rash in '09. Results: "early lesion of connective tissue disorder." what f/up is suggested?
Rheumatologist: Talk to a rheumatologist to confirm your diagnosis. Blood tests might be needed. A minimum of a yearly follow up is needed provided no other symptoms are present. ...Read more
Had a vulvar punch biopsy done last friday. Stitch fell out this morning. Site seems to be okay other than tenderness. Is this okay?
Yes: Yes. If you have worsening pain or fevers, call your doctor. ...Read more
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