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Old 07-15-2003, 12:37 AM   #1
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Question Could someone explain .....

I was just wondering, I am going to have the skin biospy done in a few days ( the Dr. wants me to be good and broke I have to suffer being in the sun)but, I have never had one could someone explain what will happen. I am kinda nervous, so any info would be great, and how does the test work, I mean being able to tell if it is it the same as them doing the blood test....because I have had a few of thoses and they always come back is there any difference between the to. Like I said any info would be great...thanks in advance for your replies.....

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Old 07-17-2003, 01:21 AM   #2
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Hi It depends what sort of lupus skin it is. The chances are quite good. But if your blood tests are positive and indicate lupus why do they need to do a skin biopsy. For systemic lupus it could even show up on non lesional skin ~ often they use the inner forearm.
That would be a punch biopsy where they take a tiny plug.
I think it is awful to expect you to go out in the sun with all that means for you especially if this is the malar rash and suspected SLE. It shouldn't be necessary

Anyway it doesn't hurt Good Luck

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