Simple modification to the punch biopsy technique to minimize handling and crush artefact

Alexander J. Chamberlain, Adriene Y. Lee, Rodney D. Sinclair

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A number of techniques have been described to retrieve the tissue core after punch biopsy. We describe a simple modification to the punch-biopsy technique that minimizes instrumentation, handling and the subsequent risk of crush artefact. Our technique is simple, quick and economical and essentially involves rotation of the punch through 90° then lateral extraction with a degree of upward traction, which usually leaves the tissue core deposited beside the skin defect. At this point it can be easily grasped with a square of gauze or detached if required using scissors or a scalpel blade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-283
Number of pages2
JournalAustralasian Journal of Dermatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Diagnosis
  • Histology
  • Histopathology
  • Skin

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