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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
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Skin Biopsy (Overview)

A skin biopsy is a way of getting a sample of skin for diagnostic purposes. There are two main ways of doing this. Shave biopsy. A blade is used to cut across the skin. It can leave a scar a bit like a golf divot. Punch biopsy. A device that looks like a little cookie cutter is used to take a cylinder of skin. This goes all the way through the skin and is often closed with stitches.


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How accurate is a skin biopsy?

How accurate is a skin biopsy?

Skin biopsy: This really depends on what is being biopsied. For a "nodule" or "bump," to rule out cancer, a biopsy is usually likely to give a very accurate diagnosis, although some early forms of cancer can be difficult. Biopsies of "rashes" are more tricky. Sometimes the histology is classical, and a very specific diagnosis can be made. But sometimes the biopsy has a non-specific appearance. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Sweet III
115 doctors shared insights

Skin Biopsy (Overview)

A skin biopsy is a way of getting a sample of skin for diagnostic purposes. There are two main ways of doing this. Shave biopsy. A blade is used to cut across the skin. It can leave a scar a bit like a golf divot. Punch biopsy. A device that looks like a little cookie cutter is used to take a cylinder of skin. This goes all the way through the skin and is often closed with stitches.


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How much does skin biopsy hurt?

How much does skin biopsy hurt?

Not at all...: ...If done correctly. A small amount of anesthetic is injected at the site to be biopsied, and that may cause a bit of burning. After that the skin is numb, and you feel no pain at all. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Get tested for food allergies
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Is skin biopsy a very common procedure?

Very: This simple procedure is usually done in an office setting using local anesthesia. The sample is analyzed by a pathologist and/or the surgeon. Excisional biopsy of large lesions and immediate reconstruction can be done under local or with sedation or general anesthesia. ...Read more

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How long does it take for small skin biopsy to heal?

How long does it take for small skin biopsy to heal?

2-3 weeks: If the biopsy was closed with a suture, the suture comes out in a week, and it takes another week to heal completely, except perhaps for a bit of redness at the site. Large biopsies, and biopsies in high-movement areas, might take a little longer. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing the skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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What is the definition or description of: skin biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: skin biopsy?

Getting a sample: A skin biopsy is a way of getting a sample of skin for diagnostic purposes. There are two main ways of doing this. Shave biopsy. A blade is used to cut across the skin. It can leave a scar a bit like a golf divot. Punch biopsy. A device that looks like a little cookie cutter is used to take a cylinder of skin. This goes all the way through the skin and is often closed with stitches. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are things a skin biopsy don't show?

Can you tell me if there are things a skin biopsy don't show?

Too many to list: Skin biopsy will only show the changes in the structure of the skin. A lot of metabolic disorders, and systemic disorders do not produce specific changes in the skin, e.g., atherosclerotic heart disease, dementia, breast cancer and so on. You need to have a specific reason to do a skin biopsy and should consult the pathologist for the results. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed if needed by a doctor
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Had skin biopsy 2.5 weeks ago ie 12 working days. Results still not in. Terrified this means it will be very bad news. Never taken this long before.

Had skin biopsy 2.5 weeks ago ie 12 working days.  Results still not in. Terrified this means it will be very bad news. Never taken this long before.

Delay in report: does not necessarily mean bad report. Rather than worrying about it, please call your doctor and if s/he has not received the report request that your doctor call the pathologist to whom the biopsy was sent. ...Read more

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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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