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skINsight
September 2010

“Biopsy Bleb”: A Clue to a Prior Biopsy Site

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JAMES M.GRICHNIKMD, PhDASHFAQ A.MARGHOOBMD, PhDALONSCOPEMD, PhD

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(9):No Pagination Specified. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.207

Precise identification of the biopsy site is essential before definitive surgery is performed. At times, this may be difficult. Several techniques have been described to confirm the site: identification by the patient and/or family; pathology reports; photographs; diagrams or measurements; “time-out” protocols; and visual clues such as skin dimpling, redness, or scabbing.1 More invasive techniques, such as rebiopsy or curettage before surgery, have also been described.2

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