A punch skin biopsy is a short procedure to remove a small piece of skin tissue. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what a punch skin biopsy involves for children with neuromuscular disorders and what to expect when your child has one.
Why does my child need a skin biopsy?
Getting ready for the biopsy
What happens before the biopsy?
What does the biopsy involve?
Are there any risks?
- • If the biopsy site is still painful more than three day after the biopsy was taken and normal pain relief does not work
- • If the biopsy site is red or angry-looking
- • If your child develops a high temperature and is not eating
How long will it take to get the test results?
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.