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An Bras Dermatol. 2009 Sep-Oct;84(5):507-13.

[Skin biopsy with histopathologic analysis: why? what for? how? part II].

[Article in Portuguese]

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  • 1Serviços de Anatomia Patológica e Dermatologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brasil.


Skin biopsy is a common procedure in dermatology practice. The cost-benefit ratio, though, can be unfavorable if attention is not paid to specific details in performing a skin biopsy. For example, proper selection of anatomical site and best lesion to perform a biopsy are very important. The present article discusses those and other variables that directly influence the satisfaction level of the dermatologist who undertakes it, the pathologist who analysis it and the patient of whom the biopsy is taken.

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