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Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 Sep-Oct;30(5):e94-5. doi: 10.1111/pde.12047. Epub 2013 Feb 14.

Cutaneous histologic artifact associated with the use of a needle-free anesthesia device for skin biopsy.

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Department of Pathology, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona.

Abstract

A needle-free system that delivers lidocaine to the dermis using pressurized gas is often used as an alternative anesthetic for venipuncture and intravenous catheterization in children. This case report illustrates the potential histologic artifacts that may arise when using a needleless device for a cutaneous punch biopsy. We suggest against using a needleless system for pediatric skin biopsies.

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23406375
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10.1111/pde.12047
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