Skin biopsy results in a histopathology report from a specialist doctor called a dermato-pathologist. Histopathology via skin biopsy is the gold standard for the diagnosis of skin lesions.

Are you concerned about a skin lesion that is changing but finding it hard to get a biopsy? It can be difficult for busy doctors to have the time to do this. Often patients with serious skin problem have comorbidities that may make a skin biopsy even more time consuming eg anticoagulation, immunosuppression.

Prof Fogarty runs a weekly Skin Biopsy Service at the Mater.

Punch biopsies are taken under Local Anesthetic. We use a template technique to ensure we track what has been biopsied.