Diagnostic skin biopsies

A skin biopsy is when a small sample of skin is removed and sent to a pathology laboratory to be analysed.

Common questions

What is a skin biopsy?

A skin biopsy is when a small sample of skin is removed and sent to a pathology laboratory to be analysed.

Why would I have a skin biopsy?

A skin biopsy will help to diagnose a skin condition and to plan treatment. There are different kinds of skin biopsy.

What happens during a skin biopsy?

There are different kinds of skin biopsy, including: patch testing, patch testing for contact dermatitis, punch biopsy and skin scraping. You can find out more about these tests from your consultant.

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