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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
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Skin Biopsy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I have symptoms of behcets and lupus. Neg ana, but positive lupus skin biopsy. Could I still have lupus?

I have symptoms of behcets and lupus. Neg ana, but positive lupus skin biopsy. Could I still have lupus?

Unlikely: Technically yes, but practically no, at least not the systemic form. I cannot remember the last time I saw ANA negative systemic lupus but anything is possible. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with lupus with +ana homogenous pattern, inflammation shown in skin biopsy and symptoms that all point to lupus?

Can you be diagnosed with lupus with +ana homogenous pattern, inflammation shown in skin biopsy and symptoms that all point to lupus?

It depends: Nobody knows what lupus actually is, so it's diagnosed by criteria. Http://www. Rheumtutor. Com/2012-slicc-sle-criteria/ I need to give you 2 heads-up -- homogeoneous ANA pattern may be a lab error, and people who think they have lupus but don't meet the criteria tend to have a favorable prognosis. Wishing you the best -- the "brain fog" does make me think of lupus. Be strong ; stay proactive. ...Read more

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I have sle, my skin biopsy was positive for ana, iga, I also have raynaud's symptom, ra..... But all my blood test for ANA are neg, it's that posible?

See details: First of all the skin biopsy is not tested for ana. I doubt you have both sle and ra. Especially with a negative ana. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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Peripheral neuropathy symptoms for 3 years. Multiple EMG/NCV/Skin biopsy negative. FINALLY repeat skin biopsy WAY below normal. Is this unusual?

Peripheral neuropathy symptoms for 3 years. Multiple EMG/NCV/Skin biopsy negative. FINALLY repeat skin biopsy WAY below normal. Is this unusual?

Well sort of: Like I tell patients all of the time, if you have diabetes or a vitamin deficiency, then pinning down the cause of a neuropathy is easy. Anything else can be quite a challenge and there are literally hundreds of causes for neuropathy otherwise. I'm sure at this point you had a thorough work up, but seeking quaternary care (e.g. Mayo Clinic) is not inappropriate at this point ...Read more

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Skin biopsy revealed psoriasis only have 1 tiny spot but ANA + no symptoms could the psoriasis cause a +ana?

Skin biopsy revealed psoriasis only have 1 tiny spot but ANA + no symptoms could the psoriasis cause a +ana?

About ANA: Many people have a positive ana, especially in a low titer (1:40 or 1:80, even 1:160) without it meaning a thing. It's only one piece of information about your overall health. It's common for someone with a few scaly patches to have an ANA run in case the lesions are the discoid rash of lupus. Nothing else you say suggests systemic lupus, or that you can't get back into your fitness activities. ...Read more

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My son had a skin biopsy (7 yrs). N the report says perivascular lymphoctic infiltrate with extravasated rbc. I need to know what does it mean.

My son had a skin biopsy (7 yrs). N the report says perivascular lymphoctic infiltrate with extravasated rbc. I need to know what does it mean.

Possibly viral: Many reactions to viruses have histology (microscopic appearance) with this description. Would need to see the entire report and slide to be sure. ...Read more

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Do I have to be awake for a skin biopsy? I am worried that I will have to have a biopsy done. I have never had any surgeries in my life and I am really afraid of needles. Am I going to have to be awake for a biopsy? .

Do I have to be awake for a skin biopsy? I am worried that I will have to have a biopsy done. I have never had any surgeries in my life and I am really afraid of needles. Am I going to have to be awake for a biopsy? .

If: If it is a simple skin biopsy, they would not put you under general anesthesia. I would try not to be so worried. Usually you will get a small injection of medication to numb the area before the biospy is done. Some biopsies are so small that they don't require this. Let your doctor know that you are fearful of needles. ...Read more

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If I took a skin biopsy, would I know whatever is wrong or skin problem I have?

Pathologist: The biopsy should be done by a doctor, from representative lesion, preferable edge of the lesion, a fresh lesion and the specimen should be sent to a pathologist for examination. ...Read more

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How long does a skin biopsy appointment usually last? I am nervous about my upcoming biopsy I have scheduled. How long does a procedure like this usually last? .

How long does a skin biopsy appointment usually last? I am nervous about my upcoming biopsy I have scheduled. How long does a procedure like this usually last? .

Depends: The biopsy itself is very quick--can be done in a few minutes. But the appointment can take much longer if you have a lot of questions. Also, if the doctor thinks you have an obvious skin cancer, they may spend more time talking to you about treatment options to get you prepared for the next step. ...Read more

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I had a skin biopsy and now its infected, itchy, and has puss, why?

It's infected: Go see a doctor and habe the wound evaluated you will need antibiotics and possibly, drainage if an abscess has formed. ...Read more

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Should I show the skin biopsy test of hpv16 positive to the surgeon?

Should I show the skin biopsy test of hpv16 positive to the surgeon?

Of course: You should share all of your health information with your doctors. ...Read more

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I wanna ask a final question. How accurate is a skin biopsy for melanoma.?

Depends: A biopsy, in general, is very accurate. Nothing is more accurate than a properly done biopsy read by a competent pathologist. However, nothing is 100%.
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Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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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

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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 a skin biopsy detect other cancers?

Skin cancer: A skin biopsy is used to detect a variety if cancerous and non cancerous growths. ...Read more

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How long would it take for a vaginal skin biopsy to heal and is it dangerous?

How long would it take for a vaginal skin biopsy to heal and is it dangerous?

Week or so: Depending on the extent of the biopsy, it may take 1-2 weeks to heal; longer if more extensive, but within 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it standard when doing a skin biopsy to run cd3 and if it's negative can it still be turning into lymphoma?

Is it standard when doing a skin biopsy to run cd3 and if it's negative can it still be turning into lymphoma?

No, it is not: A skin biopsy would only be done if there is a visible lesion (s) over the skin. Then a microscopic exam will reveal if there is any abnormal cells in the skin biopsy which may look like a lymphoma, in which case lymphoma markers like cd3 and others like it may be tested. ...Read more

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Where can I get a punch skin biopsy done to test for nsf? I live in canada, but am willing to travel to the us for one if necessary.

Where can I get a punch skin biopsy done to test for nsf? I live in canada, but am willing to travel to the us for one if necessary.

NSF: If you are referring to

nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (nsf) or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy

any derm can do an exam and biopsy (better an incisional biopsy, a punch is for more superficial disorders). ...Read more

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I'm a 68 yr. Old white female with a rash over my entire body. Scene for dermatologist and it had to skin biopsy and the diagnosis was chronic spongio?

I'm a 68 yr. Old white female with a rash over my entire body. Scene for dermatologist and it had to skin biopsy and the diagnosis was chronic spongio?

Spongiotic dermatitis: Is another way of referring to a condition known as acute eczema that is usually found affecting the abdomen, chest and even the bottom while the scalp is generally free from this condition. Defer to my Derm colleagues for another opinion. ...Read more

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What kind of things are a doctor looking for in a skin biopsy of the hand?

What kind of things are a doctor looking for in a skin biopsy of the hand?

Vague question: Was there a lesion on the hand? Do you have any symptoms? It may be a local lesion that needed to be examined. Hand is not a usual site for biopsy to look for a systemic disorder. It would be more useful to ask your doctor. ...Read more

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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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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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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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My skin biopsy is infected. What happens?

Topical Antibiotic: Skin biopsies are usually easy to treat because they are superficial and topical antibiotic ointment should be sufficient to make it heal in a few days. ...Read more

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


Dr. Bernard Seif
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more