Hi MeFi, I've asked about skin issues before sometime last year and I still haven't found what it could be. My dermatologist said that I have become immune/resistant to topical treatments (benzyl perox, clindamycin, clindamycin, erythromycin) and that he needed to take a sample and conduct a skin biopsy. On a first whim, he said I likely have 'Folliculitis' but he's not sure since my skin didn't respond to topical treatments. So today he did a skin sample and I'm just curious to what exactly do lab-results show when it comes to skin biopsy. Do they look for certain bacteria or do they get an overall result of what has been in my body as far as food, drugs, liquids go? All I really use 'recreationally' is marijuana through a vaporizer to treat my neck pain but this dermatologist is sorta ultra-conservative and a friend of the family so I'd hate have to explain stupid things to him should they even come up during the test results. TL;dr - Do Skin Biopsy lab results show drug use or just skin bacteria? Thanks everyone!
I've had what I thought was an enlarged lymph node in my neck for ~2 years, and am finally getting medical attention for it. I recently had a CT scan, and today the doctor's office called to request an additional biopsy w/ ultrasound. Biopsy and follow-up appts. aren't until the end of the month. I know that YANMD and TINMA, but could the hivemind help me to better understand what's going on so that I can be a more informed patient? [more inside]
I will be interpreting at a breast biopsy procedure and want to prepare ahead of time, so I'd like to compile a list of vocabulary as well as have a general idea of what happens during the procedure. [more inside]
I'm on my fourth consecutive abnormal pap smear and resulting colposcopy. I know HPV is super common and I am fine with it being in my body, but am I just going to test positive and have abnormal cells forever? [more inside]
My partner and I have just been offered a large amount of money to leave our NYC apartment. Our plan is to pull up stakes and move to my home state. We have to make a decision by tomorrow. However, I've also just had a hinky breast mammogram/sonogram and am scheduled for a biopsy next week. Am I making a major mistake in quitting my job, going on COBRA, and moving cross country when I've got a potential health issue on the line? [more inside]
Pap smear says I have HPV. Biopsy says I don't. Which is right? [more inside]
While I wait to hear results from a needle aspiration... what can you tell me about scary doggy lumps, in your experience? After getting our dog her radical spring haircut we discovered a lump, between marble and walnut-sized, on her upper front left leg, about midway above the joint, on the front of the leg. It's movable (moves around under finger pressure/movement), and doesn't seem to cause her any pain or warrant her attention at all. [more inside]
My platelet count is low, but not crazy-low, and has been for a couple of years. I just volunteered to get a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. Am I insane? [more inside]
Slightly freaking out over a lady-parts medical issue, and wondering if anyone has been through this. [more inside]
After a diagnostic mammogram and subsequent immediate ultrasound, the cyst discovered in last year's same tests has grown. I'm being sent for a biopsy, but have to wait TWO whole weeks due to being uninsured and going through "charity" care. I'm an anxious mess....how on earth will I survive the two weeks? AND, how long do biopsy results take? [more inside]
Have you ever had a brain biopsy? How was it? [more inside]
My mother may have pulmonary fibrosis, which her mother died of. She's been told she should have a lung biopsy, but I've been told it can make her breathing dramatically worse. She's due to have that biopsy on Thursday. I'm terrified. Is it worth it? What are the facts? [more inside]
I'm about to schedule my third sonogram on some lymph nodes. But when should I do it? Anyone else have their armpit lymph nodes removed for biopsy? I'm trying to plan two major travel/vacation events around this as well. [more inside]
MediFilter: I need to have some small growths biopsied in an - erm - "sensitive" area. How bad is this going to suck? [more inside]
I decided on my obgyn last minute, when the one I wanted wasnt taking new patients. My pap came back abnormal and I had to have a biopsy. They found I have moderate cervical dysplasia. I am scheduled to get a LEEP procedure. [more inside]
YANADFilter: Help me decode my biopsy pathology report into lay terms. I am seeing my doctor soon, but I'm curious what this all means in the meantime. Google is getting me medical journals. [more inside]
Help me interpret these biopsy results - Junctional Nevus with Mildly Displastic Features. [more inside]
Breast biopsy. What should we tell the kids? [more inside]
Have any MeFites had a liver biopsy? I'm scheduled for a liver biopsy as an outpatient procedure in the middle of January, and finding myself a little nervous about it; I'd appreciate it if anyone who has gone through it could tell me I'm getting myself nervous about nothing.
FullPanicModeFilter: Have you every had a biopsy, or a surgically removed tumor that was benign and the doctor wanted to see you sooner than your previously scheduled appointment? [more inside]
HPV has been discussed a couple times here before, but I have a new question. A few months ago my pap smear came back abnormal, and soon I'm going in for a colposcopy. I tried doing some research on this, but internet resources weren't very detailed, and I don't know if I have a good doctor (I'm a student on an HMO). I'm wondering: how painful is the biopsy/LEEP they sometimes do after a colposcopy? How likely is it they'll even do a biopsy or LEEP if the test came back with a mild dysplasia? And how common is it for a woman to have to go back for colposcopies later in her life, if her first abnormal pap was at 22? Does the virus just usually go away, or does it get worse? Any OB-GYNs out there?