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What is the difference between an excisional and incisional biopsy?

What is the difference between an excisional and incisional biopsy?

Type of surgery: An incisional biopsy cuts out a piece of the tumor but does not remove it completely. An excisional biopsy removes the entire tumor which can them be studied in the laboratory. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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Anyone ever heard of doing an incisional biopsy to diagnose skin rash?

Anyone ever heard of doing an incisional biopsy to diagnose skin rash?

Punch biopsy: Punch biopsy is considered the primary technique to obtain diagnostic, full-thickness skin specimens. It is performed using a circular blade or trephine attached to a pencil-like handle. The instrument is rotated down through the epidermis and dermis, and into the subcutaneous fat. The punch biopsy yields a cylindrical core of tissue that must be gently handled (usually with a needle). ...Read more

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Incisional biopsy- does a mole that was picked off, but needed biopsy, have to wait for wound to heal before a biopsy can be done?

Incisional biopsy- does a mole that was picked off, but needed biopsy, have to wait for wound to heal before a biopsy can be done?

No: The biopsy or re-excision can be done any time. You do not need to wait for the area to heal. You should go see a dermatologist or a primary care doctor who can check you and excise this area if there is any suspicion of melanoma in your case. ...Read more

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What causes a feeling is swimmy headedness? Not really dizzy, but a feeling like walking on sponges.Had incisional neck biopsy a week ago-benign

What causes a feeling is swimmy headedness? Not really dizzy, but a feeling like walking on sponges.Had incisional neck biopsy a week ago-benign

See a neurologist: These symptoms may represent a headache or other neurological condition, or sinus issues. You also just had a neck biopsy. You should keep a log of the location, timing, duration, and intensity of these episodes and take the log with you to a neurologist. See your PCP first. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/dizziness_lightheadedness_and_vertigo-health/article_em.htm ...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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Talked to my breast surgeon on probaly begin grade 3 from mammo and ultrasound after incesional biopsy says cell reaction he wants to do follow up and?

Talked to my breast surgeon on probaly begin grade 3 from mammo and ultrasound after incesional biopsy says cell reaction he wants to do follow up and?

Check path report: Mozzy: are you saying that the mammogram was read as 3 - meaning probably benign but you still had it biopsied? There should be a notation from the surgeon/radiologist who did the biopsy as to whether it is "concordant" meaning they agree with that diagnosis or "discordant" meaning the pathology does not really agree with the imaging. If it is discordant, an excisional biopsy is usually next. ...Read more

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What anaethesia to use for biopsy of growing black spot under tongue of a 5 y/o?

What anaethesia to use for biopsy of growing black spot under tongue of a 5 y/o?

Talk with an ENT: Biopsies at this age can be very hard to do. I would recommend having a little sedation in the operating room, so that the experience is not traumatic for the child and it is doe safely. ...Read more

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