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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 being said, some general points about pathology reports and some of the nuances may be illuminating for you or others. Why isn't the result clear? Rather than ...


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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 chemotherapy agents that are very specific not just to a particular tumor, but a particular tumor with certain genetic factors (such as presence or lack of specific ...


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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. Studies are mixed whether antibiotic ointments (like neosporin) work any better than petroleum jelly (like vaseline) on wounds. For clean wounds, it seems ...


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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 individual cells and not taking a piece of tissue and therefore it can have an incredibly low yield and sometimes produce false negative results. With the figures ...


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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 and IRB studies, and because forceps cup sizes from 1.8 to 2.4 mm were rarely associated with adverse events. (Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2017) "Jumbo" ...


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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 "suspicious skin spot" every single time? Now consider that melanoma is just one of many different types of skin cancer, and that skin cancer is by far the most ...


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