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I had a shave biopsy of a growth done Thursday. Dr said results'd take a week. 4 days already ready, but I only got voicemail, scared. How can this be?

I had a shave biopsy of a growth done Thursday. Dr said results'd take a week. 4 days already ready, but I only got voicemail, scared. How can this be?

Work flow: it doesn't take a week to actually do the pathology examination. That is just the anticipated wait due to having to wait for it to get done due to back log. Your pathologist just got to the sample earlier than expected. I hope the results turn out fine for you. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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Shave biopsy of moderately dysplastic nevi, is it ok to not reexcision?

Shave biopsy of moderately dysplastic nevi, is it ok to not reexcision?

Dysplastic nevi: Generally i don't do shave biopsies of suspected dysplastic nevi. However if a deep saucerization was done it might be all out. It depends if the doctor thinks that the lesion was removed or not. If just the top of the lesion was removed, it should be re excised. ...Read more

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In general, can shave biopsy diagnose Melanoma (not in situ)?

In general, can shave biopsy diagnose Melanoma (not in situ)?

Not a good way to: test. Shave biopsy of a mole is not a good way to diagnose melanoma. The mole or the suspected lesion should be excised fully and submitted to a pathologist for examination. Shave biopsy of a suspected melanoma is a bad idea. ...Read more

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Does shave biopsy can diagnose melanoma? Is it accurate diagnose?

Does shave biopsy can diagnose melanoma?
Is it accurate diagnose?

Yes: Shave biopsy can provide enough tissue to make a diagnosis of melanoma although it is not recommended because it can make it difficult to determine the depth of melanoma invasion, accurately. A re-biopsy(wide excision) is recommended to make sure that the residue cells left behind can be adequately excised. ...Read more

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Shave biopsy of quite normal looking 3mm mole, 1 day later dark area left in center. Looks dark brown. What could this be?

Shave biopsy of quite normal looking 3mm mole, 1 day later dark area left in center. Looks dark brown. What could this be?

Moles: Some moles have a deeper component that may be represented by a returning raised portion or pigment (darker color) . A dermatologist can examine these areas to discuss the diagnosis and offer treatment if needed. ...Read more

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If I had a shave biopsy and the underlying skin wasn't brown does that mean the melanoma did not spread down into the lower skin?

If I had a shave biopsy and the underlying skin wasn't brown does that mean the melanoma did not spread down into the lower skin?

A pathologist needs: ... to look at the biopsy material under a microscope to see if the margins are clear of tumor cells. The outward appearance of the biopsy site is not reliable. ...Read more

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I had a shave biopsy on a compound melanocytic nevus. Came back benign. One month later I noticed a 0.5mm brown dot in center. Should I be concerned?

I had a shave biopsy on a compound melanocytic nevus. Came back benign. One month later I noticed a 0.5mm brown dot in center. Should I be concerned?

Compound Nevis: Shave biopsies sometimes don't remove all of the nevus, and they recur. That is the most likely explanation. Of course, follow it carefully and return to your dermatologist if it continues to grow for complete removal. ...Read more