Is skin biopsy a very common procedure?

Very. This simple procedure is usually done in an office setting using local anesthesia. The sample is analyzed by a pathologist and/or the surgeon. Excisional biopsy of large lesions and immediate reconstruction can be done under local or with sedation or general anesthesia.
Yes. Skin biopsies are routinely performed by dermatologists and primary care doctors on a regular basis. It is one of the most commonly performed procedures in a dermatologists office. If a doctor recommends a biopsy, you should always be given a reason for it. A second opinion can be requested prior to allowing a biopsy if you feel it is unnecessary.

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How long does a skin biopsy appointment usually last? I am nervous about my upcoming biopsy I have scheduled. How long does a procedure like this usually last? .

It . It depends on how complex the lesion is and whether you are having mohs surgery done. Mohs surgery takes longer because small sections of the area are removed and analyzed under a microscope to determine if the lesion was completely removed. Because the mohs surgery is more conservative it will take more steps and a longer time. Additionally, the time of surgery is also affected by how long it takes to close the resulting defect. Read more...
5-10 minutes. A simple skin biopsy can be performed in just a few minutes. Read more...
Depends. The biopsy itself is very quick--can be done in a few minutes. But the appointment can take much longer if you have a lot of questions. Also, if the doctor thinks you have an obvious skin cancer, they may spend more time talking to you about treatment options to get you prepared for the next step. Read more...

Is it common to have sarcoidosis diagnosed from a skin biopsy? Lung xray was negative. What does this mean?

Yes. Get a couple of pathologists to sign off on it, but the appearance of sarcoid is distinctive on skin biopsy. It's a perennial fooler & can pop up at the most surprising times. The most important thing for a patient to know about sarcoid is that often the best treatment is little-or-nothing. Good luck & stay proactive. Read more...
Sarcoid. Sarcoid can affect many organ systems. If there is a tissue diagnosis based on a skin biopsy it is most likely correct. Although pulmonary signs are common, there are many people with biopsy proven sarcoid who do not have lung or chest problems or findings. Read more...
Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis can be suspected from a skin biopsy. Sarcoidosis primarily affects the lungs (90%), skin (25%) and eyes, although most other organs can be affected, including the nervous system and joints. There are other conditions that can look like sarcoidosis on biopsy include certain infections, foreign body reactions, drug reactions and other inflammatory conditions. These need to be excluded. Read more...