Skin biopsySSkin biopsySkin biopsyEnglishDermatologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SkinSkinTestsCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2016-06-13T04:00:00ZMichelle Lee, BSc, RN;Irene Lara-Corales, MSc, MD​8.0000000000000066.0000000000000885.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Find out how a doctor uses a skin biopsy to diagnose a change or growth on the skin.<br></p><h2>What is a skin biopsy?</h2> <p>A skin biopsy is a procedure that helps a doctor diagnose a skin lesion (a change or growth on the skin) or a skin rash. </p> <p>It involves taking a small sample of skin and sending it to a laboratory for testing. There, the skin cells and skin structure are studied closely to check for any signs of a skin disease, such as dermatitis or melanoma. The results of the biopsy can help diagnose your child’s condition.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>A biopsy involves removing a small piece of skin to help diagnose the cause of skin changes.</li> <li>A doctor may do a punch, an excisional or a shave biopsy, depending on what your child needs.</li> <li>After a biopsy, the doctor will apply ointment and a bandage and may sometimes close the skin with stitches.</li> <li>Call your child’s doctor or go to your nearest emergency department if your child has a fever, unusual bleeding, swelling or discharge during the first 48 hours after their biopsy.</li> </ul><h2>When to see a doctor after a biopsy</h2> <p>Call your child’s doctor or go to the nearest emergency department if, during the first 48 hours, your child has:</p> <ul> <li>a <a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F)</li> <li>a lot of swelling, discharge or a change in colour (including redness) around the biopsy site</li> <li>excessive bleeding around the biopsy site</li> <li>severe pain or other change in sensation at the biopsy site.<br></li> </ul><h2>What happens during a skin biopsy?</h2> <p>The first part of the skin biopsy, removing a piece of skin, takes place in the hospital clinic and is quite quick.</p> <p>Just before the procedure, the doctor will inject a local anaesthetic to numb the skin. The injection may be uncomfortable at first, but it will prevent your child from feeling any pain while the doctor removes the skin sample.</p> <p>If your child is afraid of needles, they can receive a special cream to numb the skin (called a topical anaesthetic) to reduce some of the feeling of the needle for the local anaesthetic. Younger children may also be able to play games, blow bubbles or watch a movie to distract them during their biopsy.</p><h2>What happens right after the biopsy?</h2><p>The doctor may decide to close the biopsy site with stitches and will cover the skin with a bandage. If your child does not need any stitches, the doctor will make sure the <a href="/Article?contentid=1043&language=English">bleeding</a> stops before putting the bandage on.</p><h3>Stitches</h3><p>Stitches control bleeding and can make a scar appear more like a healed line than a healed circle. Whether your child will need stitches depends on the type of biopsy they have.</p><ul><li>In shave biopsies and very small punch and excision biopsies, the doctor might decide not to use stitches. This will leave a small circular scar.</li><li>For larger biopsies, the doctor will likely close the area, usually with non-dissolvable stitches. This means that the stitches will need to be removed after several days. Your doctor will give you instructions about removing the stitches.</li></ul><h3>Bandage</h3><p>All biopsy sites will be covered with a bandage, even if no stitches are needed.</p><ul><li>If the area is not bleeding, the doctor will apply ointment and a bandage to the skin.</li><li>If the area is bleeding, the doctor or nurse will apply medication to help stop the blood flow or will apply pressure to the area until bleeding stops. They will then apply a bandage.</li></ul><p>Your doctor will tell you <a href="/Article?contentid=2465&language=English">how to care for your child’s biopsy wound</a> at home.</p><h2>What to expect after a biopsy</h2><p>Most of the time, skin biopsies heal very well without any problems. Because the procedure involves cutting into the skin, however, there can sometimes be related complications such as bleeding or infection. A small scar will also develop at the site of the biopsy.</p>
Biopsie cutanéeBBiopsie cutanéeSkin biopsyFrenchDermatologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SkinSkinTestsCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2016-06-13T04:00:00ZMichelle Lee, BSc, RN;Irene Lara-Corales, MSc, MD​8.0000000000000066.0000000000000885.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Apprenez comment un médecin se sert d’une biopsie pour diagnostiquer un changement ou une excroissance cutané.</p><h2>Qu’est-ce qu’une biopsie cutanée?</h2> <p>Il s'agit d'une technique qui aide le médecin à porter un diagnostic sur une éruption ou sur une lésion cutanée (une altération de la peau ou une excroissance).</p> <p>On prélève un petit fragment de la peau qui est envoyé au laboratoire pour analyse. Les cellules et la structure de la peau y sont étudiées avec soin afin de déceler tout signe d’une maladie cutanée, comme une dermatite ou un mélanome. Les résultats de la biopsie aident à porter un diagnostic sur le trouble dont souffre votre enfant.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>Une biopsie est le prélèvement d’un petit fragment de tissu cutané afin d’aider à porter un diagnostic sur la cause d’une altération de la peau.</li> <li>Selon les besoins de votre enfant, le médecin peut choisir une biopsie à l’emporte-pièce, une biopsie exérèse ou une biopsie par rasage.</li> <li>Après la biopsie, le médecin appliquera un onguent et un pansement et il fera parfois des points de suture pour fermer l’incision.</li> <li>Appelez le médecin de votre enfant ou présentez-vous au service d’urgence le plus proche si votre enfant a une fièvre, un saignement, une enflure ou un écoulement anormal durant les premières 48 heures après la biopsie.</li> </ul><h2>Quand consulter un médecin après une biopsie</h2> <p>Appelez votre médecin ou présentez-vous au service d’urgence le plus proche si, pendant les premières 48 heures, votre enfant présente l’un des symptômes suivants:</p> <ul> <li>une fièvre, c.-à-d. une température corporelle supérieure à 38°C (100,4 °F);</li> <li>beaucoup d’enflure, un écoulement ou un changement de couleur (voire une rougeur) autour du site de la biopsie;</li> <li>un saignement important au niveau du site de la biopsie;</li> <li>une douleur intense ou tout autre changement de sensation au niveau du site de la biopsie.</li> </ul><h2>Comment se déroule une biopsie cutanée?</h2> <p>La première étape de la biopsie cutanée consiste à prélever un fragment de la peau, une procédure assez courte qui a lieu dans la clinique de l’hôpital.</p> <p>Juste avant la biopsie, le médecin injectera à votre enfant un anesthésique local pour engourdir la peau. L’injection peut d’abord incommoder votre enfant, mais l’anesthésique prévient toute douleur lors du prélèvement.</p> <p>Si votre enfant a peur des piqûres, on peut engourdir sa peau en appliquant une crème spéciale (un anesthésique topique) afin de réduire la sensation de l’injection. Durant la biopsie, on peut aussi distraire les jeunes enfants à l'aide de jeux, de bulles de savon ou d'un film.</p><h2>Que se passe-t-il tout de suite après la biopsie?</h2> <p>Le médecin peut décider de fermer l’incision avec des points de suture et la recouvrir d’un pansement. Si votre enfant n’a pas besoin de points de suture, le médecin maîtrisera le saignement avant de recouvrir le site d'un pansement.</p> <h3>Points de suture</h3> <p>Les points de suture arrêtent le saignement et ils permettent parfois de donner à la cicatrice une forme linéaire plutôt que circulaire. L’utilisation des points de suture dépend du type de biopsie réalisé.</p> <ul> <li>Pour les biopsies à l’emporte-pièce et les biopsies exérèses où le prélèvement est de très petite taille et pour les biopsies par rasage, le médecin peut décider de ne pas faire de points de suture. Cela laissera une petite cicatrice de forme circulaire.</li> <li>Pour les biopsies de taille plus importante, le médecin fermera sans doute l’incision avec des points de suture non fondants. Ils devront être enlevés après plusieurs jours. Le médecin vous donnera des directives à cet égard.</li> </ul> <h3>Pansement</h3> <p>Tous les sites de biopsie sont recouverts d’un pansement même en l’absence de points de suture.</p> <ul> <li>S’il n’y a pas de saignement sur le site, le médecin y appliquera un onguent et un pansement</li> <li>En présence d'un saignement, le médecin ou le personnel infirmier appliquera un onguent médicamenteux pour l’arrêter ou exercera une pression jusqu’à ce que le sang s'arrête de couler. Il appliquera ensuite un pansement.</li> </ul> <p>Votre médecin vous dira <a href="/Article?contentid=2465&language=French">comment prendre soin de la biopsie de votre enfant ​</a> à la maison. </p> <h2>À quoi s’attendre après une biopsie?</h2> <p>La plupart du temps, les biopsies cutanées se cicatrisent très bien et ne posent aucun problème. Cependant, parce qu’il faut couper la peau, il peut parfois y avoir des complications liées à une biopsie, comme un saignement ou une infection. L’incision laissera une petite cicatrice sur la peau.</p>

 

 

Skin biopsy2464.00000000000Skin biopsySkin biopsySEnglishDermatologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)SkinSkinTestsCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2016-06-13T04:00:00ZMichelle Lee, BSc, RN;Irene Lara-Corales, MSc, MD​8.0000000000000066.0000000000000885.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Find out how a doctor uses a skin biopsy to diagnose a change or growth on the skin.<br></p><h2>What is a skin biopsy?</h2> <p>A skin biopsy is a procedure that helps a doctor diagnose a skin lesion (a change or growth on the skin) or a skin rash. </p> <p>It involves taking a small sample of skin and sending it to a laboratory for testing. There, the skin cells and skin structure are studied closely to check for any signs of a skin disease, such as dermatitis or melanoma. The results of the biopsy can help diagnose your child’s condition.</p><h2>Types of biopsy</h2><p>Your doctor will decide the type of biopsy depending on the type of skin lesion and the information they are looking for. The most common options are:</p><ul><li>punch biopsy</li><li>excisional biopsy</li><li>shave biopsy.</li></ul><div class="akh-series"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Punch biopsy</span> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/IMD_skin_biopsy_punch_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Punch biopsy</h3><p>A punch is a tool that creates a small hole in the skin, usually to the depth of a paper cut. It looks like a tiny cookie cutter. The doctor will use this circular instrument to remove a small cylinder of skin tissue, usually 3 to 4 mm wide.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Excisional biopsy</span> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/IMD_skin_biopsy_excision_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Excisional biopsy</h3><p>An excision involves cutting out a specific area of skin (for example, removing a mole). The doctor will use a scalpel to remove the skin.</p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Shave biopsy</span> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/IMD_skin_biopsy_shave_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <h3>Shave biopsy</h3><p>A shave biopsy uses an instrument with a small blade to remove some of the top layer of skin.</p></div></div></div><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>A biopsy involves removing a small piece of skin to help diagnose the cause of skin changes.</li> <li>A doctor may do a punch, an excisional or a shave biopsy, depending on what your child needs.</li> <li>After a biopsy, the doctor will apply ointment and a bandage and may sometimes close the skin with stitches.</li> <li>Call your child’s doctor or go to your nearest emergency department if your child has a fever, unusual bleeding, swelling or discharge during the first 48 hours after their biopsy.</li> </ul><h2>When can my child return to their usual activities?</h2> <p>Your child can usually continue their normal day-to-day routine once they are moving comfortably and not straining the area around their biopsy site.</p> <p>Speak to your child’s doctor about when your child can return to any special activities. They may recommend, for example, that your child wait a few days before returning to swimming or to any high-impact sports that could interfere with skin healing.</p><h2>When to see a doctor after a biopsy</h2> <p>Call your child’s doctor or go to the nearest emergency department if, during the first 48 hours, your child has:</p> <ul> <li>a <a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a> greater than 38°C (100.4°F)</li> <li>a lot of swelling, discharge or a change in colour (including redness) around the biopsy site</li> <li>excessive bleeding around the biopsy site</li> <li>severe pain or other change in sensation at the biopsy site.<br></li> </ul><h2>When will I find out about my child’s biopsy results?</h2> <p>It takes a few weeks to get the results of a biopsy. The team will decide with you when to follow up in the clinic to review the results.</p><h2>What happens during a skin biopsy?</h2> <p>The first part of the skin biopsy, removing a piece of skin, takes place in the hospital clinic and is quite quick.</p> <p>Just before the procedure, the doctor will inject a local anaesthetic to numb the skin. The injection may be uncomfortable at first, but it will prevent your child from feeling any pain while the doctor removes the skin sample.</p> <p>If your child is afraid of needles, they can receive a special cream to numb the skin (called a topical anaesthetic) to reduce some of the feeling of the needle for the local anaesthetic. Younger children may also be able to play games, blow bubbles or watch a movie to distract them during their biopsy.</p><h2>What happens right after the biopsy?</h2><p>The doctor may decide to close the biopsy site with stitches and will cover the skin with a bandage. If your child does not need any stitches, the doctor will make sure the <a href="/Article?contentid=1043&language=English">bleeding</a> stops before putting the bandage on.</p><h3>Stitches</h3><p>Stitches control bleeding and can make a scar appear more like a healed line than a healed circle. Whether your child will need stitches depends on the type of biopsy they have.</p><ul><li>In shave biopsies and very small punch and excision biopsies, the doctor might decide not to use stitches. This will leave a small circular scar.</li><li>For larger biopsies, the doctor will likely close the area, usually with non-dissolvable stitches. This means that the stitches will need to be removed after several days. Your doctor will give you instructions about removing the stitches.</li></ul><h3>Bandage</h3><p>All biopsy sites will be covered with a bandage, even if no stitches are needed.</p><ul><li>If the area is not bleeding, the doctor will apply ointment and a bandage to the skin.</li><li>If the area is bleeding, the doctor or nurse will apply medication to help stop the blood flow or will apply pressure to the area until bleeding stops. They will then apply a bandage.</li></ul><p>Your doctor will tell you <a href="/Article?contentid=2465&language=English">how to care for your child’s biopsy wound</a> at home.</p><h2>What to expect after a biopsy</h2><p>Most of the time, skin biopsies heal very well without any problems. Because the procedure involves cutting into the skin, however, there can sometimes be related complications such as bleeding or infection. A small scar will also develop at the site of the biopsy.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/IMD_skin_biopsy_punch_EN.jpgSkin biopsyFalseSkin biopsy

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