Biopsy Techniques and Interpretation

  • Deborah F. MacFarlane
  • Ronald P. Rapini


The performance of a skin biopsy is an intrinsic part of the initial management of a patient suspected of having a skin cancer.1,2 This first chapter will therefore begin with a discussion of the various skin biopsy techniques most commonly used in the diagnosis of skin cancer and their clinical indications. This will be followed by a frank discussion of the interpretation of biopsy results. Discussion of other biopsy techniques such as curettage and sentinel lymph node biopsy will be dealt with elsewhere (Chapters 6 and 15, respectively).


Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Skin Cancer Biopsy Site Biopsy Technique Clopidogrel Bisulfate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah F. MacFarlane
    • 1
  • Ronald P. Rapini
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Dermatology and Plastic SurgeryThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Texas Medical SchoolHoustonUSA

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