Different Types of Biopsy and When to Get One

If you have been experiencing any unusual symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. One of the tests that may be recommended is a biopsy. This procedure involves taking a sample of cells or tissue from your body so that they can be examined more closely. In this blog post from Zwanger-Pesiri in New York, we will discuss four different types of biopsy and when you should get each one. We hope this information helps you make the best decision for your health!




Punch Biopsy

Punch Biopsy

Punch biopsies are done by removing a small cylinder of tissue, or “apple core,” with a biopsy instrument. After a local anesthetic is used, the instrument is rotated on the surface of the skin until it cuts through all of the layers, including the dermis, epidermis, and most superficial parts of the subcutis (fat).

Skin Biopsy

A skin biopsy is a type of excisional biopsy in which a sample of skin is removed for microscopic examination to determine whether melanoma is present. The biopsy is usually done under a local anesthetic. The patient typically only experiences a tiny needle prick and little burning for around one minute from the local anesthetic, with a little pressure, but no discomfort during the biopsy procedure.

Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy

Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is a type of biopsy procedure that uses a thin needle to remove cells from the body for examination. The procedure is also sometimes called fine needle injection or fine needle core biopsy. FNAB is generally considered to be a minimally invasive procedure with little risk and can be done on an outpatient basis.

Core Needle Biopsy

Core Needle Biopsy

A core needle biopsy is a type of biopsy procedure that involves removing a small sample of tissue from the body using a hollow needle. The procedure is also sometimes called a core needle aspiration biopsy or a tru-cut biopsy. A core needle biopsy is generally considered to be a minimally invasive, low-risk procedure performed on an outpatient basis.

If you have any questions about biopsy services in New York, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. We would be happy to help you!

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