What are the possible results of a biopsy?

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02.03.08  Biopsies— What are the possible results of a biopsy?

Completing the request form

The clinician should ensure the pathology request form includes basic patient information (including age and identification details), the site and type of biopsy, and time and date. Left and right are best written out in full to avoid mistakes

In addition to this, it is crucial for the pathologist to be provided with clinical information and a range of possible diagnoses. For best clinicopathological correlation clinical information should include a description of the duration, symptoms and a dermatologic description.

The sample pot should be labelled with patient identification details, the body site of the biopsy, time and date, and checked against the request form for consistency. When multiple biopsies are taken roman numbers are best used to match the request forms with their corresponding sample pots. DermNetNZ

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

Results from a skin biopsy usually are available in 3 to 10 days.

Skin biopsy

Normal: The skin sample consists of normal skin tissue.

Abnormal: Noncancerous (benign) growths are seen. Benign growths do not contain cancer cells. Benign skin changes include moles, skin tags, warts, seborrheic keratoses, keloids, cherry angiomas, and benign skin tumors, such as neurofibromas or dermatofibromas.

Cancer cells such as basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, or melanoma are present.

Other diseases such as lupus, psoriasis, or vasculitis are present.

A bacterial or fungal infection is present.

Your doctor will talk with you about any abnormal results that may be related to your symptoms and past health. eMedicine

Results

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

Results from a skin biopsy usually are available in 3 to 10 days. WebMD.cancer

Skin biopsy

Normal: The skin sample consists of normal skin tissue.

Abnormal: Noncancerous (benign) growths are seen. Benign growths do not contain cancer cells. Benign skin changes include moles, skin tags, warts, seborrheic keratoses, keloids, cherry angiomas, and benign skin tumors, such as neurofibromas or dermatofibromas.

Cancercells such as basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, or melanoma are present.

Other diseases such as lupus, psoriasis, or vasculitis are present.

A bacterial or fungal infection is present.

Your doctor will talk with you about any abnormal results that may be related to your symptoms and past health. WebMD.cancer

What Affects the Test

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Taking medicines, such as anti-inflammatory medicines, those used for fungal infections (antifungal medicines), and corticosteroid skin creams, can interfere with your test or the accuracy of the results. eMedicine

Clinicopathological correlation

Skin diseases and conditions can at times be very difficult to diagnose accurately. In those cases the clinical and histopathological findings combined form a more complete picture to make a correct diagnosis. This is called the clinicopathological correlation. Many organisations hold regular multidisciplinary meetings (MDMs) at which clinical information, clinical photographs, and pathology slides are reviewed by a team of experts to determine the best diagnosis and treatment for the patient. DermNetNZ

What Affects the Test

Taking medicines, such as anti-inflammatory medicines, those used for fungal infections (antifungal medicines), and corticosteroid skin creams, can interfere with your test or the accuracy of the results. WebMD.cancer

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 dermatologist.

• Further testing may be needed if:

◦ 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.  WebMD.cancer

SOURCES

http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/skin-biopsy/

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