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Skin Biopsy (cont.)

Risks

You should discuss with your doctor the following potential risks and complications of the biopsy procedure. You will need to sign a consent form before the procedure.

Possible risks include these:

  • Bleeding from the biopsy site

  • Pain

  • Local reaction to the anesthetic

  • Infection

  • Healing problems - If you tend to form large scars (keloids), you have an increased chance of forming a scar over the biopsy site. Smoking and some chronic medical conditions such as diabetes affect the healing ability of the skin.

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