deep shave biopsy

A biopsy with a broad rim of epidermis and dermis, performed by dermatologists for certain small—< 1 cm—pigmented lesions—e.g., lentigo senilis, seborrheic keratosis, and dysplastic nevus

deep shave biopsy

Saucerization biopsy Dermatology A biopsy with a broad rim of epidermis and dermis, performed by dermatologists for certain small–< 1 cm pigmented lesions–eg, lentigo senilis, seborrheic keratosis, and dysplastic nevus. See Melanoma.
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A deep shave biopsy (saucerization)--not a punch biopsy--is usually the procedure of choice when biopsying a lesion suspected to be melanoma.
He advised his dermatologic colleagues to never let a patient with a worrisome lesion leave the office without a biopsy, even if the best that can be done at the time is a deep shave biopsy. It's not safe to assume that the patient will come back later for a better biopsy, he reminded them.
A deep shave biopsy is less time consuming than elliptical excision, making it easier to perform at the time the lesion is first evaluated.