Biopsy is a diagnostic test which is ordered for the confirmation of diagnosis in certain conditions. In this procedure, a sample of the problematic tissue is removed from the body and sent to a laboratory to be observed under a microscope. There are different types of biopsies based on the procedure used to remove the tissue as well as extent of removal.

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What is the recurrent spot that keeps coming on my tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a spot that keeps on coming on my tongue. I have consulted an ENT specialist and I need a second opinion. The doctor was not able to diagnose it. I am worried. Please suggest.   Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the picture, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) the most probable diagnosis is geographic tongue. The most common cause is vitamin deficiency. You can take a multivitamin tablet once a day for two months.   Read Full »

Will high platelet count cause a blood clot or stroke?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has high WBC count of 15,000, platelet count of 5,40,000, and hemoglobin at 11.2. Her ESR is 86, and CRP is also similar. She has a fever, which rises in the evening to 101. Can you please tell me what this denotes? Also, will the high platelet count cause a danger for a bl...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to High platelet count will not lead to thrombosis in the body. Do not worry about that. High platelet is because of reactive thrombocytosis, and that can occur in bleeding, anemia, infection, inflammation, etc. You have an ulcer in the colon, and it seems to be ulcerative...  Read Full »

My mother has surgery, where some tissue and ovary were removed. Is it cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom had her surgery before two weeks. A 14 cm tissue was removed from her womb as well as her ovary. We are waiting for the results of her biopsy at the moment. Will it be cancer? If so, then what kind of cancer? Is it curable?  Read Full »

Dr. Eriol Braholli

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, General Surgeon, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you are saying, the results of biopsy must be taken to determine if it is cancer or not. An idea may be given by the operating surgeon, who has seen the formation of tissue, but without biopsy there is no 100% accuracy. If the mass was found only in the womb, then ...  Read Full »

What can cause a red patch on the folate papillae?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a habit of chewing tobacco. I have reddish patch on the foliate papillae since last month. I have visited a doctor. He told me that it might be due to the wisdom tooth sharpness and does not suspect erythroplakia. He smoothens the edges of the tooths three days ago and advised ...  Read Full »

Dr. Gagan Khanna

Dentist, Maxillofacial Prosthodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ulcers in the mouth can be because of many reasons, most of which are benign. We need to answer a few questions to arrive at a diagnosis. Are the lesions on both sides of the tongue? Does it hurt when you eat spicy foods? Has the lesion regressed from the time you vis...  Read Full »

What causes a lump in tonsils with swallowing difficulty?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a lump under my left tonsil. I wanted to know what it is.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). That is a part of the tonsillar tissue. The tonsils are not uniform structures, and they have crypts and follicles in them. What you see is just an extension of the tonsil on the left...  Read Full »

My ultrasound report suggested a single fibroid. Can I have leiomyosarcoma?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 45 years old and I have a fibroid. I did an ultrasound last week. It looks like an interior fibroid and it started to degenerate. I have this issue for a couple of years. My doctor suggests me to do a biopsy to rule out leiomyosarcoma. I have attached the ultrasound report. My ultraso...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Though there are rare chances to have leiomyosarcoma, it is always better to get checked once by the gynecologist. The degenerative changes and increase in the size of the tumor arise as suspicions. Though it could be a simple degenerative fibroid, it should be examined...  Read Full »

There is a whitish spot on the lateral surface of the tongue. Does it indicate a precancerous lesion?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a whitish spot on the lateral side of the tongue for six days. I have attached the photo. The spot will not come off during brushing but I have pain when I brush. During eating, I do not have pain on it but my tongue seems to be sore on that white spot. All the lymph nodes are nor...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Dentist, Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please share some more information. Please mention whether you did any dental treatment recently, how was your teeth condition on that side, do you have any sharp or broken tooth, any injury on the tongue on that side, and consulted a dentist for the tongue problem. Ple...  Read Full »

Will biopsy report of DCIS predict hormone receptor status?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a biopsy and I was diagnosed with DCIS. The sample was taken and the pathology report did not show any information about hormone receptor status. I was recommended for surgical excision. I did a lumpectomy and the pathology report came back with the absence of cancer. Can a biopsy ...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I shall definitely resolve your concern. When there is no tumor tissue, then it is impossible to know hormone receptor status. On understanding your concern, you have undergone a breast conservative surgery, in which the surgeon has removed the tumor and a small amount ...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take a biopsy for an oral mucocele?

Query: Hello doctor, I have what seems like an oral mucocele in my upper inner lip. I went to the dentist, and after looking at it, he said that it is most likely it is mucocele and referred me to the oral surgeon. He explained that they would remove it and send it in for a biopsy. That alone slightly wo...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Dentist, Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery

Answer: Hello,Welcome to I am sorry for the problems you have. It is probably a mucocele. But as you and your dentist have some confusion, you should have sent a clear picture of it for my opinion. Mucocele is a salivary gland cyst that is commonly found on the lower lip. It is a painless soft ...  Read Full »

My toe nail got injured with a plate and a tiny spot appeared under my nail. What is it?

Query: Hello, I am a 29 year old male and found a tiny spot which seems to be under my nail. About 6 months ago I dropped a big plate on my toe and it became blue due to the impact. I couldn't walk for 2 weeks and once the blue was gone, my nail became yellow / gold color at the tip and I think a yeast in...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, I understand your concern. 1. Though it looks like Blue nevus , it is extremely rare in subungual location, that too aquired. Only a few reports till now in the literature. 2. Though benign/harmless in most of the cases, rarely malignant transformation can occur , which is indicated by sud...  Read Full »

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