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Need help interpreting histology results (punch skin biopsy)

How do I interpret a histology / pathology result? As mentioned in comments, Health.SE isn't a place for personal medical advice, so I'll steer clear of addressing your result specifically. That ...
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Is biopsy still required for cancer diagnosis given that advanced medical imaging is now available?

In many cases yes, a tumor must be biopsied in order to determine exactly what type of tumor it is. Advanced imaging can, in some cases, diagnose a specific type of tumor. However, there are many ...
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Tissue sample testing for Sars-CoV-2 spike protein

It's unclear to me what tissue you expect to be sampled. SARS-CoV-2 is a respiratory virus and like similar viruses it's (differentially) diagnosed by "nasal" (more accurately: ...
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After a skin biopsy, is it preferable to use vaseline, polysporin, or neosporin?

A skin biopsy is considered a clean surgical wound, unlike a cut sustained outside. See this from the American Academy of Dermatology and this Medscape article with information on wound healing. ...
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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?

A basal cell carcinoma (BCC) may have more than 1 subtype: if the biopsy is too small, the histopathologist may miss a subtype. From {1}: More than 26 different subtypes of BCC appear in the ...
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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?

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/276624-workup#c8 (mirror) explains that using a shave biopsy is the typical biopsy to use but a punch biopsy is preferable in some situations: A skin biopsy is ...
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Why isn't fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy used to diagnose suspected facial basal cell carcinomas?

Kassi et al. (2012) does state that there is low yield in some cases as you pointed out in your quote and was highlighted in the Reddit cross-post. Again, pointed out in Reddit, you are sucking up ...
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What is the size of biopsy specimens pinched from normal colon mucosa?

The size of biopsy samples of the mucosa from gastrointestinal tract, including the colon, is ~2 mm. Biopsy depth of 1.5 mm was chosen from our studies of colon biopsies on fresh surgical tissue ...
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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?

The Mayo Clinic published a slideshow aimed at helping people identify possible melanomas. Take a look at it. Do you think you'd be able to successfully differentiate between a melanoma and a benign "...
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