Improving diagnostic accuracy of skin biopsies

Stevenson, Paul and Rodins, Karl (2018) Improving diagnostic accuracy of skin biopsies. Australian Journal of General Practice, 47 4: 216-220.

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Author Stevenson, Paul
Rodins, Karl
Title Improving diagnostic accuracy of skin biopsies
Journal name Australian Journal of General Practice
ISSN 2208-7958
Publication date 2018-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Issue 4
Start page 216
End page 220
Total pages 5
Place of publication East Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Abstract The skin biopsy is a simple but essential clinical skill of the general practitioner. Performed properly, it can be quick and comfortable for the patient, and yield a very high level of diagnostic information. Performed incorrectly, it can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment for the patient.

This article reviews some simple but effective steps the clinician can take to ensure proper technique and maximise the diagnostic accuracy of their skin biopsies.

Diagnostic accuracy can be improved through optimal selection of biopsy site, correct biopsy technique, requesting ancillary tests where appropriate, proper handling of specimens, and providing detailed clinical information for the dermatopathologist.
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 11 Apr 2018, 10:04:25 EST