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    Punch Biopsy
    Punch biopsy

    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 Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    Current as of: November 14, 2014

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

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