How is an accurate diagnosis of benign skin lesions made?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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The accurate diagnosis of any skin lesions can be made by histologic examination of a skin biopsy. However, clinicians must gain the clinical acumen to correctly identify common benign skin lesions and to distinguish those skin conditions that do need a biopsy and possible further treatment.

The image below demonstrates a common benign skin lesion algorithm.

Common benign skin lesion algorithm. (Concept and Common benign skin lesion algorithm. (Concept and original organization courtesy of Scott Bangs, MD, Owatonna Clinic - Mayo Health System)

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