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What are the different kinds of skin biopsy?

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There are several types of skin biopsy, including:

  • Shave biopsy: The doctor shaves a thin layer from the top or around a lesion.
  • Punch biopsy: The doctor uses an instrument called a punch to remove a circular section through all layers of the lesion.
  • Excisional biopsy: The doctor uses a scalpel to take off the entire lesion. This method is used for smaller lesions.
  • Incisional biopsy: The doctor uses a scalpel to remove a small sample of a large lesion.

From: Types of Skin Biopsies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 12, 2018

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