What Is A Biopsy?
A soft tissue biopsy is the removal and the microscopic examination of a small sample of tissue. It is done for diagnostic purposes.
Some people believe that a biopsy is done only when cancer is suspected, but that is not true. Actually, malignant or pre-malignant conditions account for only a small percentage of the diagnoses made from soft tissue biopsies. Other conditions assessed through biopsies include:
- Toenail conditions, such as onychomycosis and psoriasis.
- Rashes, such as eczema or dermatitis.
- Fungal or bacterial infections.
- Lesions related to a disease which affects the entire body, such as diabetes.
- Nodular conditions, such as ganglion cysts, lipoma, or a fibroma.
A biopsy procedure only takes a few minutes. The procedure performed will depend on the tissue that is being sampled. There are three procedures that may be performed: a shave biopsy, in which a thin piece of skin is shaved off, a punch biopsy, in which a small round instrument removes a tiny core of tissue, or an incisional or excisional biopsy, in which a piece of or an entire lesion is removed. If one of the last two procedures is done, stitches may be necessary.
If you are suffering from a foot or ankle problem and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
Post a comment
Post a Comment to "What Is A Biopsy?"To reply to this message, enter your reply in the box labeled "Message", hit "Post Message."