Skin lesion biopsy

Skin biopsy; Shave biopsy - skin; Punch biopsy - skin; Excisional biopsy - skin; Incisional biopsy - skin; Skin cancer - biopsy; Melanoma - biopsy; Squamous cell cancer - biopsy; Basal cell cancer - biopsy; Mohs microsurgery

A skin lesion biopsy is when a small amount of skin is removed so it can be examined. The skin is tested to look for skin conditions or diseases. A skin biopsy can help your health care provider diagnose or rule out problems such as skin cancer or psoriasis.

Basal Cell Carcinoma - close-up

This basal cell carcinoma exhibits a characteristic of this type of lesion-telangiectasia. The lesion is also pearly, and smooth, with a slight central depression.

Melanoma - neck

This melanoma on the neck is variously colored with a very darkly pigmented area found centrally. It has irregular borders and appears to be larger than 0.5 cm. Prognosis in melanoma is best defined by its depth on resection.

Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body. The skin and its derivatives (hair, nails, sweat and oil glands) make up the integumentary system. One of the main functions of the skin is protection. It protects the body from external factors such as bacteria, chemicals, and temperature.

How the Test is Performed

How to Prepare for the Test

Why the Test is Performed

Normal Results

What Abnormal Results Mean

Risks

Considerations