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Skin Biopsy Infection Symptoms
Can a skin biopsy determine if I have a STD or viral infection and even somthing like scabies for a unknown lesion?
Unknown lesion: Yes a skin biopsy eould be in order. ...Read more
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
I have symptoms of behcets and lupus. Neg ana, but positive lupus skin biopsy. Could I still have 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
I have autoimmune and even though I had negative skin biopsy im still questioning sfn due to symptoms, what can I do myself to help; as doc still says I don't have sfn and won't refer. Alphalipoic acid?
See below: The alphalipoic acid would not hurt but it may not help either. Consider seeking a second opinion regarding your diagnosis. ...Read more
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?
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
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.
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
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
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
I had a skin biopsy done and when I called for the results they said the it had been sent for a second opinion. What does that mean?
Diagnosis not clear: A second opinion helps to better define a more reliable diagnosis. ...Read more
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
Of course: You should share all of your health information with your doctors. ...Read more
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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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
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
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
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
Are you able to take a test besides patch testing to see if you are allergic to something? Can a skin biopsy tell you if you are allergic to something? Or are their any other tests that you can do?
Allergy test: You can have a blood test done. What are you concerned you are allergic to? ...Read more
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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