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Melanoma » Skin Biopsy

Early diagnosis of a suspicious skin lesion and skin biopsy can help identify melanoma and lead to early treatment and better survival.

A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of abnormal skin is removed under local anesthesia. The procedure is relatively painless and is performed in the office. The skin that is removed is processed and examined under a microscope by a trained pathologist who is specialized in melanoma.

 

Microscopic Melanoma

What should you do to prepare for a skin biopsy?

 

Prior to undergoing a skin biopsy, please let us know about the following.

 

  1 – Are taking any medicines, particularly anti-inflammatory medicines such as prednisone. Anti-inflammatory medicines may change the way your biopsy looks under the microscope.

 

  2 –   Are allergic to any medicines.

 3 – Have had any bleeding problems or are taking blood-thinning medicines, such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin).

 

  4 – Are or might be pregnant.

 

No other special preparation is needed before having this test.