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What is the difference between a colposcopic biopsy and cone biopsy?

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Dr. Margot Watson
Gynecology
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In brief: Size

A colposcopic biopsy involves just taking a tiny pinch of tissue, done in the office as part of the evaluation for an abnormal pap smear.
A cone biopsy involves removing the entire center of the cervix with either a scalpel or a thin wire loop. This requires anesthesia.

In brief: Size

A colposcopic biopsy involves just taking a tiny pinch of tissue, done in the office as part of the evaluation for an abnormal pap smear.
A cone biopsy involves removing the entire center of the cervix with either a scalpel or a thin wire loop. This requires anesthesia.
Dr. Margot Watson
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