What is a skin biopsy?

A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of skin tissue is removed, processed, and examined under a microscope. 

✽   A skin biopsy is usually undertaken using a local anaesthetic injection into the skin to numb the area.

✽  After the procedure, a suture or dressing may be applied to the site of the biopsy.

✽  Several different methods may be used to obtain a skin sample, depending on the size and location of the abnormal area of skin.

✽  The skin sample is placed in a solution, such as formaldehyde, or in a sterile container if infection is suspected. In each of these procedures, the tissue is processed and then examined under a microscope.

✽  A skin biopsy removes cells or skin samples from the surface of your body.

✽  The sample taken from a skin biopsy is examined to provide information about your medical condition.

✽  A dermatologist uses a skin biopsy to diagnose or rule out certain skin conditions and diseases.

Sources used in the writing of this post:
✽ [1}  http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/skin-biopsy/
✽ [2]  http://www.webmd.com/cancer/skin-biopsy#1
✽  http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/skin-biopsy/home/ovc-20196287
✽  http://www.webmd.com/cancer/what-is-a-biopsy#1
✽  http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_biopsy/article.htm

SG 02.03.01