What To Think About
- If the biopsy contains cancer cells, more
surgery will be needed to remove the cancer completely.
- If the
biopsy is done on your face, you may want to have it done by a doctor who
specializes in surgical techniques that can minimize scarring, such as a
plastic surgeon or
- Further testing may be
- A small biopsy does not contain enough
cells to make an accurate diagnosis.
- Cells from the abnormal area
weren't included in the sample.
- The growth or skin rash changes after the first biopsy.
Other Works Consulted
Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis:
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009).
Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Primary Medical Reviewer
||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
||Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as of
||March 22, 2013
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 22, 2013
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