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Doctor insights on: Scalp Biopsy To Diagnose Lupus

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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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My scalp biopsy report says dat subepithlial stroma in infiltrated wit lymphoplamacytes n it shows presence of numerous sebeceous glads?what it means?

My scalp biopsy report says dat subepithlial stroma in infiltrated wit lymphoplamacytes n it shows presence of numerous sebeceous glads?what it means?

Not much by itself: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that - Why was the biopsy taken? The findings you described are non-specific and not diagnostic of any disorder. ...Read more

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Had a scalp biopsy for a suspicious crusty lesion today using a 4mm punch. Dr said stitches were not necessary and only cauterized... Is this ok?

Had a scalp biopsy for a suspicious crusty lesion today using a 4mm punch.  Dr said stitches were not necessary and only cauterized...  Is this ok?

Punch biopsies: Skin lesions are often biopsied using small cylindrical blades as they get good full thickness samples and leave little scarring. Punch tools less than 4 mm do not need to be stritched and in fact a stitch might accentuate any scar that forms. ...Read more

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Doctor told me scalp biopsy results going to take 30 days. On day 28. Why so long? What are they looking for/what cultures that long?

Doctor told me scalp biopsy results going to take 30 days. On day 28. Why so long?  What are they looking for/what cultures that long?

Unusual biopsy: A routine biopsy is usually examined and reported by most pathologists in 1-2 days unless special studies are required for the definitive diagnosis like specific protein or DNA analysis but even those rarely take more than 1-2 weeks. However, although your doctor's office might have already received the biopsy result, the dr himself/herself may not have a chance to look at it till your next appoi ...Read more

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I got scalp biopsy done coz of severe hair fall. It says mild subepithlial stroma infiltrated with mild lymphoplamacytes. What it means?

I got scalp biopsy done coz of severe hair fall. It says mild subepithlial stroma infiltrated with mild lymphoplamacytes. What it means?

Scalp biopsy: Do you have patchy hair loss, or is it all gone? The best person to answer this question for you is the physician who ordered the biopsy. He or she should be able to translate this into your native language and guide you in treatment. ...Read more

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Scalp biopsy says Subepithlial stroma is infiltrated with mild lymphoplamacytes.What it means?I hv suden difuse severe hair fall n no telogen effluivm

Scalp biopsy says Subepithlial stroma is infiltrated with mild lymphoplamacytes.What it means?I hv suden difuse severe hair fall n no telogen effluivm

This is not a diagno: This is not a diagnosis. Discuss with the DR who performed the biopsy. If it is not a dermatologist, you may need a referral to one. The microscopic observation needs to be correlated with your exam and history to form a theory of what you have, what you need. ...Read more

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Scalp biopsy showed i have lichen planopilaris derm. presricbed doxycycline for 6 months, is taking an antibiotic for that long okay? Will it cause an

Scalp biopsy showed i have lichen planopilaris derm. presricbed doxycycline for 6 months, is taking an antibiotic for that long okay? Will it cause an

No free lunch: There's no such thing as a free lunch. Medically speaking, that means that we always need to balance desired benefit against potential risk. In this case, your Dermatologist prescribed antibiotics to deal w/skin condition (but at risk of developing antibiotic resistance, vaginal yeast infection and/or C diff diarrhea). So please discuss your concerns w/him/her & your Family Doc & ID specialist too ...Read more

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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