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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
115 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Matthew Kozminski Dr. Kozminski
Neurology
12 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Hernani Cualing Dr. Cualing
Pathology
26 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Could I have lymphoma? I have skin biopsy results

Could I have lymphoma? I have skin biopsy results

Tell more: Read off your results, those are really telling.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Dr. R Condon Hughes Dr. Hughes
Dermatopathology
37 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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.

Dr. Michael Tomeo Dr. Tomeo
Dermatology
34 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Dr. M. Christine Lee Dr. Lee
Dermatology
24 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. John Leander Po Dr. Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
14 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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%. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

Dr. Marilda Chung Dr. Chung
Pathology
32 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Arlo Miller Dr. Miller
Dermatology
11 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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.

Dr. Coyle Connolly Dr. Connolly
Dermatology
25 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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. Debra Rosenblatt
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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