Ask Skeptical Scalpel

The Skeptical Scalpel Institute for Evidence-Based Outcomes and Advanced Research is pleased to announce a new service, Ask Skeptical Scalpel. This feature is now a separate blog and can be found here.

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Anonymous said...

What's the difference between incisional biopsy and excisional biopsy?

Skeptical Scalpel said...

Good question. An incisional biopsy removes only a portion of the mass in question. It is usually done for large masses that would be difficult to completely remove. Obtaining a piece of the mass allows for the diagnosis to be made by a pathologist and for appropriate surgical planning to remove it completely. An excisional biopsy removes the entire mass.