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Skin Biopsy (cont.)

Next Steps after Skin Biopsy

Your doctor needs to see you again to remove the stitches and to give you the results of the pathology report. If no stitches are placed, he may ask you to get in touch by phone so he or she can discuss the results for you.

When to Seek Medical Care for Skin Biopsy Complications

Call your doctor if you have worsening pain, spreading redness around the site, bleeding from the wound, fever (temperature greater than 100.4°F), or other concerns.

Go to a hospital's emergency department if you have bleeding from the site that will not stop with gentle pressure after 30 minutes, if you have a thick discharge (pus) from the wound, or if you have a high fever.

Medically reviewed by Norman Levine, MD; American Board of Dermatology


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