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The Importance of Excisional Biopsy in Histopathological Diagnosis

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2012,2,4,442-444.
Published:November 2012
Type: Case Report
Authors:
Author(s) affiliations:

Ruchi Sharma*1, Susmita Saxena

1Reader, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Institute of Dental Education and Advance Studies, Nr. Airforce Area, N.H 92, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India.

2Professor and Head, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Subharati Dental College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract:

Histological diagnosis made on the basis of incisional biopsy can have pitfalls if the biopsy is not taken from the representative site, therefore, thorough examination of the excised specimen is essential for the confirmation of the diagnosis. Here we describe a case that on incisional biopsy was thought to be an invasive salivary gland tumor but the excised specimen revealed ameloblastoma, thus showing the importance of excised specimen in reaching conclusive diagnosis.

Histological diagnosis made on the basis of incisional biopsy can have pitfalls if the biopsy is not taken from the representative site, therefore, thorough examination of the excised specimen is essential for the confirmation of the diagnosis. Here we describe a case that on incisional biopsy was thought to be an invasive salivary gland tumor but the excised specimen revealed ameloblastoma, thus showing the importance of excised specimen in reaching conclusive diagnosis.