The vanishing biopsy: The trend toward smaller specimens

Emmy M. Fernandez, Thomas Helm, Michael Ioffreda, Klaus F. Helm

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Abstract

Dermatopathologists have noted an increased number of smaller biopsy specimens. Our objective was to determine whether dermatologists are changing their choice of biopsy technique and the size of biopsy specimens. We conducted a retrospective study of 500 biopsies performed by dermatologists for the purpose of diagnosis in 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003. Our study results indicate that dermatologists are performing fewer punch biopsies and more shave biopsies. What's more, there has been a decrease in the size of shave biopsy specimens. We believe that the decreased number of punch biopsies being performed combined with the decreased size of shave biopsy specimens may affect patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalCutis
Volume76
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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