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Skin Biopsy

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A skin biopsy is performed in order to examine the skin sample to determine a medical condition. A physician will use a skin biopsy to diagnose or rule out certain types of skin conditions and diseases. There are three main types of skin biopsies. 

  1. Shave biopsy - The doctor uses a tool similar to a razor to remove a small section of the top layers of skin (epidermis and a portion of the dermis) for examination.
  2. Punch biopsy - The doctor uses a circular tool to remove a small section of the skin including deeper layers (epidermis, dermis and superficial fat).
  3. Excisional biopsy - A doctor uses a small knife (called a scalpel) to remove a portion of the skin including a portion of normal skin down to or through the fatty layer of skin. 

Skin biopsies are used to treat a variety of skin diseases and conditions, including:

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Bullous pemphigoid and other blistering skin disorders
  • Dermatitis, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions
  • Skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma
  • Skin infection
  • Suspicious moles or other growths
  • Warts

To learn about this treatment or others, please contact our office at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.