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Skin Biopsy

Tri-County Health Care provides skin biopsy services throughout Wadena, MN and the surrounding areas, including Bertha, Henning, Ottertail, Sebeka, Verndale, and more. In all we do, we strive to bring our community closer together. And for those we call patients, we do everything in our power to help them live healthy and productive lives. For some people, health care visits can be intimidating – but at Tri-County Health Care, they don’t have to be. We provide our patients with a comfortable and relaxing environment, surrounded by helpful and caring staff members.

What Is A Skin Biopsy?

A skin biopsy is a medical procedure that removes cells or skin samples from the body to examine them in a laboratory. Skin biopsies are used to remove abnormal tissue, diagnose skin conditions, and more.

Why Do You Need A Skin Biopsy?

Skin biopsies are helpful in diagnosing various skin conditions, such as skin disorders, bacterial or fungal infections, skin cancer, and more. A biopsy is a skin cancer test. It can confirm whether a suspicious mole or other growth is cancerous. Skin biopsies can help diagnose skin cancer in its early stages, where it is easiest to treat. Because skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, the usefulness of skin biopsies is immense.

The Types Of Skin Biopsies

There are various types of skin biopsies available. Your doctor will be able to best determine which type of skin biopsy is best for you best on your unique needs. The primary types of skin biopsies are:

  • Shave biopsy – During this type of biopsy, a tool similar to a razor is used to remove a thin slice of skin from its top layers. The sample will then be sent to a laboratory for examination.
  • Punch biopsy – During this skin biopsy type, a circular tool called punch removes a section of the skin that includes its deeper layers. This biopsy is often used to diagnose rashes.
  • Excisional biopsy – During this procedure, a scalpel removes the entire lump or lesion of abnormal skin. This method is mostly used for smaller lumps and lesions.
  • Incisional biopsy – During this skin biopsy, a scalpel will be used to remove a small sample of a large lesion to diagnose the skin condition causing it.

  • Who Is A Candidate For A Skin Biopsy?

    Candidates for skin biopsies include those who have a concerning lump or lesion on their skin. Because biopsies can help diagnose skin conditions and diseases, a lump or lesion can be biopsied for closer analysis. We recommend a skin biopsy to help diagnose the following conditions:

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Skin disorders
  • Skin infections
  • Skin growths
  • Skin cancers
  • Melanoma
  • Dermatitis
  • Warts
  • Moles

  • Contact Us Today For A Skin Biopsy

    At Tri-County Health Care, we strive to improve the health of our local community by providing our patients with premier health care and unwavering support. For more than 90 years, we’ve been the go-to facility for skin biopsies throughout Wadena, MN and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about skin biopsies and why they are performed.


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