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At The Neurology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, our neurologists provide expert diagnosis and treatment for a wide spectrum of neurological conditions. Because many neurological conditions are not the result of a single disease, but a symptom with many causes, it is sometimes necessary to use a variety of tools to diagnose a condition such, including a skin biopsy.
A skin biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure use to evaluate small sensory nerve fibers in the skin. Small sensory nerve fibers control how we experience sensations like a pinprick and cold and heat. Symptoms associated with small sensory nerve fibers include numbness, tingling and pain.
A skin biopsy is used to evaluate small sensory nerve fibers in the skin that may be the source for numbness and tingling and pain.
Your neurologist may perform the skin biopsy in the office. The skin is numbed with an anesthetic or numbing medication such as Lidocaine. A small piece of skin, 3 mm in diameter, is removed. The skin biopsy is typically removed from above the ankle, above the knee or the thigh. Stitches are not required and the healing process typically takes about seven days. The procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Experienced neurologists of The Neurology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, utilize advanced diagnostic tools, such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and electromyogram (EMG), for the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders and neuromuscular conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, entrapment neuropathy, epilepsy, headaches, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis.
Dr. Howie Zheng is a general neurologist with The Neurology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.