A punch biopsy is
done to remove a small growth by removing a core of tissue with a skin punch.
The biopsy area is then covered with a bandage.
After the growth is
removed, a doctor trained to look at tissue samples (pathologist) will check it
for abnormalities, such as cancer. The pathologist also may do tests to detect
an infection caused by a virus, a fungus, or bacteria.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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