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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 170-175

Novel uses of skin biopsy punches in dermatosurgery

1 Medinova Skin Care and Newlook Skin and Laser Clinic, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Dermatology, STD and Leprosy, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Deepak S Hurkudli
No. 878, 1st First Floor, 14th Cross, Indiranagar, Bangalore - 560 038, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.152519

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The skin punch or surgical punch is an instrument which is used almost exclusively by dermatologists. It is a circular hollow blade attached to a pencil-like handle ranging in size from 0.5 to 10 mm. It is available as a disposable, reusable, and automated instrument. The punch can be used as a diagnostic, therapeutic, and cosmetic tool in dermatology. We have used punch as a diagnostic, therapeutic, and cosmetic tool in our dermatosurgery practice in our hospital. Various original research articles, text book publications, and review articles were studied and compiled. Techniques used by various authors and our own experiences with punch have been described. This article aims at providing the novel usefulness of skin biopsy punch in dermatology as the basic punch surgery is quick and easy to learn. Complications such as bleeding and infection are minimal.

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