John a Carroll DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial John A. Carroll DDS Colorado Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

John A. Carroll, DDS
Colorado Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

26 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 740
Littleton, CO 80120
303 224 0500 PH
303 224 0606 FX


Biopsy & Pathology

X-ray of jaw tumorBiopsy refers to the removal of abnormal tissue. Excisional biopsy removes the entire block of abnormal tissue, whereas incisional biopsy removes only a portion of the abnormal tissue. Most oral biopsies are excisional. Incisional biopsies are generally done when a microscopic diagnosis is desired before definitive and complete removal of the abnormal tissue is performed. Biopsied tissue specimens are routinely sent to a pathologist for microscopic examination. The pathologist processes the specimen, slices it into thin sections, stains it and examines it under a microscope. Pathological examination is the only way that a definitive cellular diagnosis can be made.

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