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Yes: Shave biopsy can provide enough tissue to make a diagnosis of melanoma although it is not recommended because it can make it difficult to determine the depth of melanoma invasion, accurately. A re-biopsy(wide excision) is recommended to make sure that the residue cells left behind can be adequately excised. ...Read more
They,"an oral surgeon" has found a sclerotic lesion on my right anterior mandible on CT scan.It has a differential diagnosi.Should I agree to a biopsy?
There are different: types of sclerotic lesions, some benign and some not. It is tough predict where on the spectrum yours is, without knowing the imaging features and clinical history. Sometimes it is tough even after careful evaluation of images. Additional imaging, such as MRI, may be useful to narrow the differential. Your doctor should discuss the risks, benefits,alternatives so you can make an informed choice ...Read more
I have a red spot on a cheek for about 2.5 years. Looks like a pigment spot but the color is red. What is the correct way to diagnose what spot it is?
Could an experienced dermatologist diagnose a seborrheic keratosis via dermoscopy alone? No biopsy required for diagnosis?
Rash: Rashes are hard to diagnose sometimes when you are looking at them. Impossible to diagnose without even seeing them. You need to see your doctor. ...Read more
Only: They you still have good vision. Hair loss is common and almost inevitable in males. In females it can be due to anything from stress to hundreds of physical problems or trauma at the beauty shop or home hair treatments. If it worsens, get evaluated by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more
Pathology: A "mass" can be anything including non-cancer. A piece of tissue from a mass (or bone marrow biopsy, or blood) placed on a glass slide for a pathologist to review with special stains and sometimes molecular tests can give a "tissue diagnosis". With very few exceptions (eg, hcc, germ cell cancer) oncologists require a "tissue diagnosis" before treating cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Picked off mole (maroon, black tissue initially mistook as blood blister)what I realized later looked exactly= Nodular melanoma. Would bx still be accurate for diagnosis since I picked off visible lesion.
Biopsy needed: Yes, if this is in fact a melanoma, a biopsy would still show it even though you pulled off the top layer. If it's not a melanoma, a diagnosis could still possibly be made. It would be uncommon for you to be able to simply pull off a melanoma however. See your dermatologist to be sure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why would 1.3cm "possible hemangioma" be labeled indeterminate on ultrasound result? Why couldn't they diagnose lesion on ultrasound?
Red oval spot on my soulder, 1" at its widest, 3/4" smallest. I've seen a dermatologist about it, and he said that it wasn't skin cancer. Opinion?
ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is a solar lentigines? New, flat, VERY light tan spot on cheek bone. At skin cancer screening, Dr said not keratosis. Said keep an eye on it.
Sun Damage: Lentigines are due to localised proliferation of melanocytes. The most common type, solar lentigines, arise in middle age and also result from sun damage (age spots). They are most often found on the face and hands, and are larger and more defined than freckles. Lentigines tend to persist for long periods and don't disappear in the winter (though they may fade). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer