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"Biopsies are often important to diagnose cancer. A biopsy is commonly done if you have a lump or swelling of a part of the body where there is no apparent cause. 

Biopsy are performed to diagnose skin cancer and other skin diseases

It is necessary to accurately diagnose a skin condition. During your medical examination, make sure to emphasize any area or lesion of concern. Dr. Abrams always carefully examine growths, moles and dry patches. He will take a closer look at your area of concerns and perform a biopsy if the lesion looks suspicious. This must be done to determine if the lesion is malignant and needs to be removed.

After performing a biopsy, the removed skin is sent to a lab. Results are communicated to you by phone within a few days.

A biopsy is a minor surgical technique used to help the doctor diagnose an existing lesion, rash, or other dermatological condition. During a biopsy the area is numbed with a local anesthetic and a small piece of tissue from the area to be analyzed is removed. There are three types of biopsies that we perform in our office based on the type, location, and size of the lesion. They are shave, punch, and excision biopsies.



Shave Biopsy

A shave biopsy is a technique using a small flexible blade to shave the surface of the lesion for analysis. Shave biopsies are typically used for superficial lesions of the skin. Shave biopsy sites do not require stitches and will heal on their own.

Shave biopsy - removal of part of a lesion by slicing parallel to the skin surface. Local anesthetic is injected under and around the lesion to be removed. A scalpel blade is used to cut parallel to the skin surface and the specimen is removed with forceps.



Punch Biopsy


When performing a punch biopsy we utilize a small device with a sharp circular edge to obtain a slightly deeper sample of tissue. Punch biopsies are used to analyze tissue below the visible skin surface. A few stitches might be required for this type of biopsy.The site is anesthetized with lidocaine and a 2 to 3mm punch biopsy instrument is used to extract the skin sample. The subject feels a slight pressure, but no pain. The sample is removed and preserved in a fixative. Antibiotic ointment and a band-aid are sufficient



To perform an excisional biopsy, a surgical scalpel is used to excise a small portion of the tissue for analysis. Excisional biopsies are used for larger, deeper lesions. Stitches are required for this type of biopsy.

Wound Care instructions following a biopsy

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