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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

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Biopsy on lip and leg yesterday with 10 spots frozen on face. What are the signs that these may be cancerous? (red hair, blue eyes, fair skin)

Biopsy on lip and leg yesterday with 10 spots frozen on face. What are the signs that these may be cancerous? (red hair, blue eyes, fair skin)

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry
boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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Received tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) for blepharitis. Symptoms worser. Symptoms ongoing for 10 months. Right eye vision blurrier than left. Ask for culture or biopsy?

Received tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone) for blepharitis. Symptoms worser. Symptoms ongoing for 10 months. Right eye vision blurrier than left. Ask for culture or biopsy?

Culture: Stop all antibiotics before getting a culture
blepharitis can be very stubborn, but should have some success over 10 months
if there is a mass or ulcerated area, a biopsy is indicated ...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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Can you catch something from touching a biopsy kit left from a previous patient at a hospital and touching eyes/nose/mouth? Like herpes/hpv/hiv, etc..

Can you catch something from touching a biopsy kit left from a previous patient at a hospital and touching eyes/nose/mouth? Like herpes/hpv/hiv, etc..

Asked and Answered: I believe sincere and professional physicians have freely already answered this question correctly. The answer is no. ...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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Hi doc, im joy, I make surgery my head undear the skin, I want to ask my biopsy if sometimes the result is mistakes or no. Thanks?

Hi doc, im joy, I make surgery my head undear the skin, I want to ask my biopsy if sometimes the result is mistakes or no. Thanks?

Mistake?: There is always possibility of human error, but when a pathologist looks at a surgical specimen, there might be a condition that he tries to make a differential diagnosis between condition: a, b, or c, and when he or she makes her call there is a chance of making wrong choices.
There is alway the possibility of " false positive" or "false negative" when you are doing a test. ...Read more

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Prostate biopsy correlation) focal area of altered signal inensity in the left femoral head, what does this mean?

Prostate biopsy correlation) focal area of altered signal inensity in the left femoral head, what does this mean?

Here are some. ..: This Q is not quite clear & specific so it's hard to offer right answer. But I would guess it as follows: Did you have bone scan which showed hot spot in left femoral head leading to concern for possible metastatic lesion; so prostate biopsy is advised to correlate with it. But bony metastasis tends to be multi-focal in ribs, spine, pelvis, hips... Very rarely being solitary. Hence, ask Doc for... ...Read more

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I have a painful lump on the right side of my head they come and go and no dr can figure out what they are or what causes them. I had one biopsied and?

I have a painful lump on the right side of my head they come and go and no dr can figure out what they are or what causes them. I had one biopsied and?

What did biopsy show: If you could let us know what the biopsy showed, we may be able to give you a better answer. Possibilities include infection (boil, for example), wart, etc. Do you get 1 at a time or do you get several at once? Showing a picture of 1 along with the biopsy results would be helpful. Have you seen a dermatologist yet? You could request a consult on HealthTap once you can provide more info. Good luck! ...Read more

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My neck is still stiff ten days after a thyroid fna. Is that normal? Hurts more if I turn my head left also (biopsy was done on left side).

My neck is still stiff ten days after a thyroid fna. Is that normal? Hurts more if I turn my head left also (biopsy was done on left side).

No, it is not: You should contact and inform your doctor. There should be no pain after a regular fna. It is possible there was some bleeding or more trauma than normally. Your doctor can check it and give you some pain medication, if needed. ...Read more

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Lymph node biopsy 4 days ago. Hurts to turn head and painful to touch. How can I relieve the pain? Tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) already.

Lymph node biopsy 4 days ago. Hurts to turn head and painful to touch. How can I relieve the pain? Tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) already.

Try Ibuprofen: For pain unrelieved by Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone. If pain not relieved by either one, it is safe to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) 1000 mg and Ibuprofen 800 mg together, at the same time, for better pain relief. If pain is still unrelieved, conduct doctor who did lymph node biopsy regarding pain. ...Read more

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Going in for a breast biopsy, more concerned with laying for so long as I have a c1/c2 fusion & can't rotate head. Is there anything to relieve dicomf?

Going in for a breast biopsy, more concerned with laying for so long as I have a c1/c2 fusion & can't rotate head. Is there anything to relieve dicomf?

Let the surgeon and: Or anesthesiologist know about your condition. They will accommodate you accordingly. Operating rooms and procedure suites have a variety of positioning pillows and bolsters to appropriately support your neck and make you comfortable. ...Read more

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Had dnc and biopsy general anesthesia. Was in recovery 10minutes and the head pain woke me up have headache everyday since top of head similar to the sensation while diving in deep water or holding breath?

Had dnc and biopsy general anesthesia. Was in recovery 10minutes and the head pain woke me up have headache everyday since top of head similar to the sensation while diving in deep water or holding breath?

It is quite common: That patient's have prolonged side effects after General since there is endotracheal intubation (which may produce a tracheitis) PLUS the effects of the drugs themselves
Get these symptoms evaluated by your Primary Care Medical Professional and NOT TO WORRY these symptoms will most likely subside with time!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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My dad is 63 with diabetes and is getting a prostate biopsy this week. His concern is that for the past month he has been feeling very dizzy mostly when he tilts his head. He is also irritated most of the time now? What could this be?

My dad is 63 with diabetes and is getting a prostate biopsy this week. His concern is that for the past month he has been feeling very dizzy mostly when he tilts his head. He is also irritated most of the time now? What could this be?

Multiple things: It sounds like that his dizziness is coming from positional variation, called as positional vertigo. This could be related to fluid in the ear, but other reasons are there. His irritation could be multifactorial- diabetes, possible stress of biopsy, dementia (age related memory loss). If dizziness persists then he should be checked. Also once biopsy is done then get him checked for rest. ...Read more

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Will my hair grow back after a skin biopsy on my head? My doctor wants to do a skin biopsy on my head, but i’m afraid i’ll have a bald spot?

Will my hair grow back after a skin biopsy on my head? My doctor wants to do a skin biopsy on my head, but i’m afraid i’ll have a bald spot?

It depends: Depending on how the bx is performed, you may grow back your hair. For example, the bx could be done using and eliptical incision, and the skin could be pulled back together and sutured, so you would have no bald spot when it heals. You would have to discuss the procedure with the dr. To see if they can accomodate your wishes as to trying to do the best procedure to prevent a bald spot. ...Read more

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I have a lesion between brows, biopsy came back lichen planus sclerosing? Now draining like a cyst. Head is dizzying pain even in sleep, ears get red?!

I have a lesion between brows, biopsy came back lichen planus sclerosing? Now draining like a cyst. Head is dizzying pain even in sleep, ears get red?!

Your skin: Lesion probably has nothing to do with your other symptoms, so see your doctor to look for other causes of these symptoms. Local drainage might be just normal healing. ...Read more

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What can cause confusion, brain fog and neuropathy with a normal liver biopsy and normal head MRI?? Out of answers and feeling sicker.

What can cause confusion, brain fog and neuropathy with a normal liver biopsy and normal head MRI?? Out of answers and feeling sicker.

ADVICE: There are numerous causes for neuropathy, including diabetes, alcohol-nutritional, B-12 deficiency, hypothyroid, among the more common. Some of these can be associated with focus concentration, memory issues. The key is to uncover type of nerve disorder, and characteristic pathology. Recommend visit to medical school neurology department clinic ...Read more

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When should a lymph node be biopsied? Enlarged x6months pea sized. Clear labs, & head & neck CT. ENT says not large enough to warrenty a biopsy.

When should a lymph node be biopsied? Enlarged x6months pea sized. Clear labs, & head & neck CT. ENT says not large enough to warrenty a biopsy.

Increase in size: If the lymph node has not increased in size in six months, biopsy is not warranted. Many people have a solitary palpable lymph node in the neck often for reasons like dandruff. ...Read more