Open biopsy

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An open biopsy is a procedure in which a cut is made through the skin to remove abnormal tissue so it can be checked under a microscope for signs of disease. The two types of open biopsy are incisional biopsy, in which part of a lump or a sample of tissue is removed, and excisional biopsy, in which an entire lump or suspicious area is removed. It is also called surgical biopsy.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the U.S. National Cancer Institute document: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms".