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How is a skin biopsy done?

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The doctor will first cleanse the biopsy site, and then numb the skin by using an anesthetic (pain-relieving) injection. The skin is then sampled using one of several procedures available. Shave biopsies do not usually need stitches, while punch, excisional, and incisional biopsies will sometimes be closed with sutures or steri-strips. The procedure is usually done in the doctor's office.

From: Types of Skin Biopsies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 6, 2016

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 6, 2016

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