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Dr. Steven Koos
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Tongue Biopsy (Overview)

Sometimes we need to know what exactly is growing on the tongue. There may be a lump, or a discolored spot, etc.. The best way to find out is to remove all or part of it and look at the cells under a microscope. This is called a biopsy.


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What is the definition or description of: tongue biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: tongue biopsy?

Tissue sample.: Sometimes we need to know what exactly is growing on the tongue. There may be a lump, or a discolored spot, etc.. The best way to find out is to remove all or part of it and look at the cells under a microscope. This is called a biopsy. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Koos
16 doctors shared insights

Tongue Biopsy (Overview)

Sometimes we need to know what exactly is growing on the tongue. There may be a lump, or a discolored spot, etc.. The best way to find out is to remove all or part of it and look at the cells under a microscope. This is called a biopsy.


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Hi I had a tongue biopsy four weeks a go and hav t had results yet how long do they take I have a round piece of skin coming away from where I had it ?

Hi I had a tongue biopsy four weeks a go and hav t had results yet how long do they take I have a round piece of skin coming away from where I had it ?

1-2 days: The standard reporting time for a simple biopsy in most accredited (in the USA) labs is about 2 days and should never take 14 days unless the local pathologist could not make a dx and instead sent the bx for consultation somewhere else. Either way, contact your dr to inquire. ...Read more

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Tongue biopsy scar tissue permanent?

Tongue biopsy scar tissue permanent?

Yes: Any biopsy will heal normally with some scar tissue. This is true in the tongue or anywhere else. Like other scars a tongue scar will slowly improve with tiime. ...Read more

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After tongue biopsy 5days ago, bit my tongue on the 3rd day, and have had pain eating (only), and jaw neuralgia since. Could I have damaged a nerve?

After tongue biopsy 5days ago, bit my tongue on the 3rd day, and have had pain eating (only), and jaw neuralgia since. Could I have damaged a nerve?

Bit tongue: I doubt you did any nerve damage from merely biting your tongue. I suggest you discuss this with the doctor who biopsied your tongue, and if necessary go back for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Would my ENT know if a tongue biopsy is necessary for the red area on my tongue? I'm in pain. Just a small light red irritated area. He said no lesion

Yes: If a tongue spot is present over time and is not improving, or specifically worsening, a biopsy is often the best way to diagnose the issue or reassure that nothing problematic is present. ...Read more

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I had a blood clot in my calf and bilateral pe s 2 years ago I am having a tongue biopsy this week should I have any concerns ?

I had a blood clot in my calf and bilateral pe s 2 years ago I am having a tongue biopsy this week should I have any concerns ?

Discuss with surgeon: The biopsy should not be a problem. But make sure you discuss your history and your concerns with your surgeon before the procedure. ...Read more

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I am having a tongue biopsy next week. I forgot to tell the dentist i had a DVT and bilateral pe's 2 years ago. Should i be concerned ?

Tell the doc...: If you are having a biopsy, it likely needs to be done. Tell the doctor ahead of time though. Most people who have had dvt's and pe's are on blood thinners already. It's important to inform your doctor of these things so that they understand your proclivity for clots and possible bleeding issues from medications you are taking. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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