DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Note that this may not provide an exact translation in all languages. Vulval or vulvar biopsy involves taking a sample of tissue from the vulval skin or muscosal membranes. The vulvar skin and mucosa is highly sensitive, and injection with even a small-gauge needle is painful.
Understanding Vulvar Biopsy | Saint Luke's Health System
A vulvar biopsy is a test used to check for vulvar cancer or another skin disease affecting the vulva. During a biopsy, small tissue samples are taken from areas of skin that look changed abnormal. The tissue is then checked in a lab for cancer and other types of skin disease. A vulvar biopsy may be done if you have patches of skin on your vulva that look abnormal, such as:. Areas of skin that are white, or turn white after a special diluted vinegar-like solution is put on them. The biopsy is a quick procedure. You may be told to take over-the-counter pain medicine before the biopsy.
The first step is for the doctor to take your complete medical history to check for risk factors and symptoms. Then your doctor will physically examine you, including a pelvic exam. The doctor will feel your uterus, ovaries, cervix, and vagina for anything irregular. Your doctor will also look at your vagina and cervix with a speculum and may do a Pap test and an HPV test. Certain signs and symptoms might strongly suggest vulvar cancer , but many of them can be caused by changes that aren't cancer.
A vulvar biopsy is a test to check for vulvar cancer or another skin disease. During a biopsy, small pieces of tissue are taken from areas of skin that look abnormal. The tissue is then checked in a lab for cancer cells and other types of skin disease.