Shave Biopsy

Posted By
7/31/2014 6:59pm
Replies: 3


I'm hoping you all can ease my mind...Three years ago I was diaganosed with Stage 1b melanoma and I had a wide excision and moved on with life. I've been seeing a derm 2-3 times a year since then. In the winter time I was having stomach pain and a general dr sent me for a ct scan which revealed enlarged nodules the dr then suggested going to see an oncologist just in case my very early stage of melanoma had spread. Long story short my enlarged nodules have not grown so they do not believe there is any reason for metestatic cancer. In the meantime they did a shave biopsy on one of my moles last week...I called today for the results and they stated the results were negative but the doctor wants to review the slides before giving the all clear and said he wouldn't have the final results until monday.


Long story short does anyone know if its is typical for dr's to review the pathology slides? Also since it was just a shave biopsy and there wasn't much taken out can there be false negatives? I'm just tyring to figure out why if the results where negative why can't they give me the all clear...It's already been a week and I really hate having to wait any longer. I'm sure there's nothing to be worried about but I would love any input on this. 


Thanks :)

SABKLYN - (7/31/2014 - 8:15pm)


I think a derm pathologist would be best.  I would want the best trained eyes evaluating the path report.

vlmd1986 - (7/31/2014 - 9:06pm)

Hi there,

It is completely normal for the pathologist to want to review your slides more carefully, given your history of melanoma. The pathologist might even want to have a second set of eyes look at the biposy, which can increase your wait time.

A shave biopsy is adequate for diagnosing skin lesions in manycases--and if it's not adequate, that decision is usually made within a couple of days or so.

I can definitely sympathize with you--I had to wait two weeks for my initial mel diagnosis :/ 


Hope everything goes well for you!


Anonymous - (8/3/2014 - 9:27am)

Thanks for your input :) hopefully they will call tomorrow with good results!