When is an incisional biopsy indicated for benign skin lesions?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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When total excision of a skin lesion is not feasible, an incisional biopsy can be performed for tissue diagnosis. A biopsy refers to a sampling of the tissue for diagnosis purposes. A complete removal of the lesion is also termed an excisional biopsy; any biopsy less than complete is referred to as an incisional biopsy.

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