Skip to Content
Home > Wellness Resources > Health Library > Punch Biopsy
A punch biopsy is
done to remove a small growth by removing a core of tissue with a skin punch.
The biopsy area is then covered with a bandage.
After the growth is
removed, a doctor trained to look at tissue samples (pathologist) will check it
for abnormalities, such as cancer. The pathologist also may do tests to detect
an infection caused by a virus, a fungus, or bacteria.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.