A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of skin tissue is removed, processed, and examined under a microscope.
Results from a skin biopsy usually are available in 3 to 10 days.
The skin sample consists of normal skin tissue.
Noncancerous (benign) growths are seen. Benign growths do not contain cancer cells. Benign skin changes include moles, Reference skin tags Opens New Window, Reference warts Opens New Window, Reference seborrheic keratoses Opens New Window, Reference keloids Opens New Window, Reference cherry angiomas Opens New Window, and benign skin tumors, such as neurofibromas or dermatofibromas.
A bacterial or fungal infection is present.
Your doctor will talk with you about any abnormal results that may be related to your symptoms and past health.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology