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What is the difference between an excisional and incisional biopsy?

What is the difference between an excisional and incisional biopsy?

Type of surgery: An incisional biopsy cuts out a piece of the tumor but does not remove it completely. An excisional biopsy removes the entire tumor which can them be studied in the laboratory. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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


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Anyone ever heard of doing an incisional biopsy to diagnose skin rash?

Anyone ever heard of doing an incisional biopsy to diagnose skin rash?

Punch biopsy: Punch biopsy is considered the primary technique to obtain diagnostic, full-thickness skin specimens. It is performed using a circular blade or trephine attached to a pencil-like handle. The instrument is rotated down through the epidermis and dermis, and into the subcutaneous fat. The punch biopsy yields a cylindrical core of tissue that must be gently handled (usually with a needle). ...Read more

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Incisional biopsy- does a mole that was picked off, but needed biopsy, have to wait for wound to heal before a biopsy can be done?

Incisional biopsy- does a mole that was picked off, but needed biopsy, have to wait for wound to heal before a biopsy can be done?

No: The biopsy or re-excision can be done any time. You do not need to wait for the area to heal. You should go see a dermatologist or a primary care doctor who can check you and excise this area if there is any suspicion of melanoma in your case. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: excisional biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: excisional biopsy?

Biopsy with intent!: An excisional biopsy is a biopsy where the lesion is also excised or removed. When people here the word biopsy, they usually think that just a small sampling of the lesion will be obtained. However, there are times when its more appropriate to remove the whole lesion and send it to pathology. This would be an excisional biopsy. ...Read more

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If they didn't find anything wrong, should I ask for an excisional biopsy on these nodes?

If they didn't find anything wrong, should I ask for an excisional biopsy on these nodes?

No: I am betting that you are asking about enlarged lymph nodes. Cancer in nodes is obviously very abnormal. If the nodes are simply palpable and maybe a bit tender, leave them alone. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cervical biopsy using loop electrosurgical excision procedure?

What is the definition or description of: cervical biopsy using loop electrosurgical excision procedure?

LEEP: The loop electrosurgical excision procedure (leep) is currently one of the most commonly used approaches to treat high grade cervical dysplasia (cin ii/iii, hgsil) discovered on colposcopic ...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