When is a biopsy indicated in suspected erythema nodosum (EN)?

Updated: May 11, 2020
  • Author: Jeanette L Hebel, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Because the diagnosis of erythema nodosum often is clinical, biopsy is reserved for diagnostically difficult cases. Punch biopsies usually are not adequate. Deep skin incisional biopsies are required to sample the subcutaneous tissue adequately. Findings are localized to the subcutaneous tissue


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