What is the role of biopsy in the diagnosis of melanoma?

Updated: Jun 28, 2021
  • Author: Jonathan B Heistein, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Perform excisional biopsy on suggestive lesions. The most important prognostic indicator for stage I and II tumors is thickness, so a full-thickness biopsy must be obtained for adequate pathologic interpretation.


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