Surgical Excision

The process where a surgeon removes tissues using a scalpel is called surgical excision. It is done to remove various types of benign or malignant tumors (mainly skin tumors) and also to collect a sample (biopsy) for lab testing.

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Is a mole surrounded by red, itchy, tender skin point to a melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend's sister has a mole surrounded by red and itchy skin. Also, the skin around the mole is tender. Is it melanoma? Should I ask her to visit a doctor? Does she need to take any medicines? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. I suggest your friend's sister to consult a dermatologist who will examine the area and lymph nodes, and in case something suspicious is detected, he may refer her to an oncologist. The oncologist will do further ...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest antibiotics to heal from periauricular sinus infection completely?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a preauricular sinus on my left ear. It has not really caused any problems, until recently when I started experiencing recurrent infections. During the first infection, I took Ornilox, and it really worked. However, with subsequent infections, it has not really helped. Can you ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To find the most appropriate antibiotic, you can take a swab of the discharge from the sinus and send it for a culture sensitivity. That will reveal the microorganism and also the antibiotics it is sensitive and resistant to. Based on that information, we can institut...  Read Full »

What are the chances for my daughter to survive with multiple tumors and pericardial effusion?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter is in the ICU with pericardial effusion and multiple tumors. The fluid has been drained and there was blood mixed with the fluid. The regular blood test came back normal with no sign of cancerous cells. My question is, what are the chances that the tumors are benign? Through...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, there is a diagnostic dilemma. The reports you have uploaded (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are fine. But, you should upload the echo reports and the fluid investigations as well. Now, considering the pericardial effusion with multiple c...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for a recurrent pus-draining pimple on the inner part of the hip?

Query: Hi doctor, A few months back, I have developed a sort of a pimple on the inner part of the hip, which later drained and got healed. But later it again opened up with draining pus. And for the last few weeks, it has not healed automatically. I have started taking Augmentin duo 625 from the last thre...  Read Full »

Dr. Theadore A. Hufford

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have an abscess cavity that needs to be drained more widely and opened more. If it is not opened widely, then the skin will continue to close before the infection is gone, which will continue the cycle. You can try sitz baths while it is openly draining now and try...  Read Full »

I noticed a pea-sized lump on my skin over the cleft of my hips. Does it require medical intervention?

Query: Hello doctor,Two years back, I noticed a pea-sized lump on my skin over the cleft of my hips. It pains slightly when pressed hard. There is also a sacral dimple on it. Recently out of curiosity, I checked it on the internet and found out that it is called a pilonidal cyst. I also have a hairy body. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Kashif Humayun

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Yes, you got a pilonidal cyst associated with the formation of the pilonidal sinus. It seems like it is not infected, but ultimately, it gets complicated with time. Hence, it needs a surgical inter...  Read Full »

How to treat a painful skin tag near my anus?

Query: Hello doctor, I have recently got a skin tag near the anus. It is painful to excrete. There is a pain the whole day and there were even blood stains once. I am really scared and embarrassed too. Excretion has become a scary thing for me now. Please tell me how to solve this problem.  Read Full »

Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, it could either be an acrochordon (skin tag) or a filiform wart. It can be confirmed only after examining. For skin tags, no creams or tablet will help resolve the issue because a skin tag is an extension of the normal skin. The treatment opt...  Read Full »

What kind of marginal excision is best for a superficial basal cell carcinoma?

Query: Hello, I have moles on my hand, and it bubbles when exposed to the sun. I did a biopsy, and the result came back as superficial basal cell carcinoma. I am a fair skin person with maximum sun exposure. Do I need surgery with wide margins, or will smaller margins be fine? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. The resection margin for BCC (basal cell carcinoma) depends on various factors, including type and size of BCC, histology, site, etc. Based on these factors, BCC is divided into low and high-risk carcinoma. Superficial BCC is a histological...  Read Full »

How to get rid of itchy groin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have itchy boils on the scrotum and groin areas. During the day, I feel too itchy, and due to the itching, I have developed rashes which are painful. When I try to break them, it starts to bleed. Sometimes, I have the itchiness during the night as well. I have attached an image for y...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and seen your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It does look like a fungal infection. Due to the application of steroid-based products, the clinical picture has been altered. The use of a steroid-based product for a fun...  Read Full »

How will the red spots present below my chest for more than ten years affect my baby?

Query: Hello doctor, I have red spot below my chest for more than ten years. The spots are about 1 inch in diameter. I consulted a doctor earlier, and he said it was normal, but now I wanted to have a baby. And I am scared that it will affect my baby. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I acknowledge your query and the picture attached with this query (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). The spots look like hemangioma, which is a benign condition. No need to worry and get scared as it will not have any harmful effect on...  Read Full »

Shall I prolong my surgery for the removal of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know what does the following means from an MRI report. An ovoid nodular structure with postcontrast enhancement is measured at approximately 10 x 15 mm at the superior left breast. Recommend correlation with breast imaging. I already have dermatofibrosarcoma protubera...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have recently done an MRI, and you want to know about the MRI report. At the upper part of your left breast, the statement says an oval-shaped growth of abnormal tissue called nodule ...  Read Full »

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