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Which criteria are used to choose whether to perform a shave biopsy or a punch biopsy to diagnose suspected facial basal cell carcinomas?

Given a neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin on a patient's face that is suspected to be a basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the typical first step is to perform a shave biopsy to determine the type of ...
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Why do shave biopsies and punch biopsies used to diagnose suspected facial basal cell carcinomas measure a few mm instead of being below 1mm?

Given a neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin on a patient's face that is suspected to be a basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the typical first step is to perform a shave biopsy to determine the type of ...
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Why isn't imiquimod cream used prior to performing a biopsy used for suspected facial basal cell carcinomas?

Given a neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin on a patient's face that is suspected to be a basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the typical first step is to perform a shave biopsy to determine the type of ...
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Why isn't fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy used to diagnose suspected facial basal cell carcinomas?

Given a neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin on a patient's face that is suspected to be a basal cell carcinoma, the typical first step is to do a shave biopsy to determine the type of basal cell ...
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What is the size of biopsy specimens pinched from normal colon mucosa?

To investigate certain types of inflammation, during a colonoscopy, a doctor might pinch off normal-looking mucosa at a number of locations for subsequent microscopic examination. What is the size of ...
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Is biopsy still required for cancer diagnosis given that advanced medical imaging is now available?

For cancer diagnosis, there is biopsy, an invasive technique. However, PET CT, SPECT CT, MRI are non-invasive. Do oncologists still require the use of biopsy to ascertain type of cancer, i.e., to ...
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How long does it take to recover from a biopsy of a tendon?

I wonder how long it takes to recover from a biopsy of a tendon. E.g. Zheng, Ming Hao, Paul Anderson, and Jerome Waddell. Orthocell's Ortho-ATI: Tendon Regeneration. Vol. 1. Jerome Waddell, 2014., ...
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What is the difference between abnormal cells and cancerous cells?

When a biopsy reveals that cells are "abnormal" but not cancerous, what does that actually mean?
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After a skin biopsy, is it preferable to use vaseline, polysporin, or neosporin?

After a skin biopsy, is it preferable to use vaseline, polysporin, or neosporin? Preferable in terms of scar, allergies, or anything else that one might expect the patient to care about.
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Need help interpreting histology results (punch skin biopsy)

Good day. About a month ago I've removed a mole (nevus) which accrued on "clean" skin (de novo) about 4-5 months ago. It has always been charcoal black and 1,5 mm in diameter. So the dermatologist ...
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Why is it or isn't it smart for a healthy individual to perform auto-surgery in removing suspicious skin spots?

Why is it or isn't it advisable/smart for a healthy individual to simply remove suspicious skin spots himself/herself?
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Had a skin biopsy of a suspicious mole (10 stitches) — how to prevent ugly scar-tissue from forming? Make scar less noticeable?

Recently, I had a suspicious mole removed (skin biopsy) to be tested for melanoma (I've had a few of this nature), but this one was quite deep and large, and required 10 stitches. How to prevent a big ...