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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
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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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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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My skin biopsy is infected. What happens?

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

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What does it mean when a skin biopsy itches?

What does it mean when a skin biopsy itches?

Healing: Previous biopsy site itches, most probably because healing. If it is itching for a while show your doctor. Thank for question. ...Read more

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What is microvascular injury syndrome. diangosis on skin biopsy?

What is microvascular injury syndrome. diangosis on skin biopsy?

Descriptive dx...: Many inflammatory skin biopsies are not diagnostic of a particular disease entity. The pathologist can describe the pattern of injury present which usually will help the dermatologist determine what is going on with the clinical history. There is inflammatory damage in your small capillaries-small vessel vasculitis seen in autoimmune diseases often. Direct immuno fluorescence test may also help. ...Read more

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Is excision skin biopsy is safe after the whole lesion is taken?

Is excision skin biopsy is safe after the whole lesion is taken?

Yes: Likely the initial biopsy showed something worrisome that required your dermatologist to perform an excision to ensure the entire lesion is removed. ...Read more

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

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 will skin hurt at the incision area after a skin biopsy has been done?

How long will skin hurt at the incision area after a skin biopsy has been done?

Less than a day: A clean incision should not hurt for more than a few hours. If the pain persists for more than a day, it would be prudent to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Subepithlial stroma is infiltrated with plasma cells. Plasma cells found in skin biopsy? What does it mean? Please explain?

Subepithlial stroma is infiltrated with plasma cells. Plasma cells found in skin biopsy? 
What does it mean? Please explain?

Nothing by itself: This could be any of dozens of skin problems, even a bug bite. You might ask whether the pathologist has any further clues, whether it's worth checking for IgG4-related skin disease, or whether to forget the whole thing. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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