Skin Lesion Biopsy
What is Skin Lesion Biopsy?
Alternate Names for Skin Lesion Biopsy:
Excision biopsy, skin
Punch biopsy, skin
Shave biopsy, skin
A skin biopsy is the removal of a small portion of abnormal skin. The removed skin is tested to see why it is not normal. There are three main types of skin biopsies:
- Shave biopsy-The outer part of the suspect area is removed.
- Punch biopsy-A small cylinder of skin is removed using a punch tool.
- Excisional biopsy-The entire area of abnormal skin is removed.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.
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