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If a dr thought a mole was melanoma, do they usually do an excision biopsy as opposed to a shave?

Excisional biopsy. An excisional biopsy is often used when a wider or deeper portion of the skin is needed. Using a scalpel, or punch biopsy tool, a full thickness of skin is removed for further examination, and the wound is sutured. Superficial shave biopsies are generally discouraged for the removal of suspicious pigmented lesions since they may not allow for optimal pathologic interpretation of the skin sample. Read more...
Either is fine. The first step in melanoma diagnosis is to obtain a biopsy of the lesion. Whether this is performed as a punch biopsy or a shave biopsy doesn't seem to matter. The key is getting the tissue to the pathologist to make a diagnosis. Read more...

How can I tell if I had a shave or excisional biopsy to remove a suspicious mole? Dr used local &? scalpel, around margins of mole. Some pigment return

Stitches: yes or no? if you have stitches, then it was most likely excised but maybe not completely (that may be why you are seeing pigment return). Shave excision is usually achieved without stitches and leaves a raw area that takes a few days to heal. Because pigment cells may be left behind in the deeper layers of the skin, pigment may reappear. Read more...
Shave vs excision. Shave biopsy is exactly like it sounds: doc shaves mole off skin (http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/skin-biopsy/multimedia/shave-biopsy/img-20007312). With excisional biopsy, mole is cut out (http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/skin-biopsy/multimedia/excisional-biopsy/img-20005766). Sometimes we use punch biopsy device like holiday cookie cutters. Sounds like you had excision. Read more...
What diagnosis? A biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue for microscopic diagnosis. If the lab tells the DR it is benign, usually you stop there. If the microscopic description is a cancer or severely dysplastic nevus, then more tissue is removed to eliminate any remaining abnormal cells. An excision may be done by shave or by other technique. Excision is a word meaning to remove something. If some pigment remain. Read more...

Excisional biopsy yesterday on armpit growth it was sent to pathology, when can tell if its malignant?

2 to 3 days. It usually takes 2 to 3 days for the biopsy to be examined. Sometimes, if it is borderline, it will be sent to a reference pathology lab, and could take a few extra days. Call you doctor if you haven't heard in3 days. Good luck. Read more...