Biopsy Results On Mole Say "Benign Appearing"?
- Asked by abbiedoll4
- 1 year ago
My biopsy results say I have a "benign appearing" lesion and final diagnosis is a compound nevi. Why does it say "appearing"...to me that sounds like the pathologist was uncertain, and in my mind it saying "it seems like it isn't cancer, but don't take my whole word for it."
My take on this is that the dermatologist gave the clinical diagnosis as Benign Appearing and the pathologist rendered the final diagnosis. As someone who has hung around his share of pathology labs, "benign appearing" does not ring true as a pathology descriptive phrase. This is benign clinically and histologically.
What Is A Benign Appearing Mole?
When a pathologist reviews a biopsy specimen and looks at it under the microscope, they record a description of what they see. Like any other physician's note, it is not uncommon for a pathologist to personalize their report with phrases like "in my opinion," or "this appears to be." These phrases are standard and this descriptive portion is ultimately used to support their final diagnosis, which in your case is a benign compound nevus. Still if you have questions about your results or any terms used int he report, you should discuss this with your physician.
What Does Benign Appearing Mole Mean?
"Benign appearing" just means that when the pathologist viewed the lesion it appears benign to them. Reviewing a glass slide is like looking at a painting or a photograph. When you describe it you are describing its appearance and nothing more. This is a standard term used by pathologists or dermatopathologists in their description.
A compound nevus is a benign lesion. Discuss the situation further with the doctor who performed the biopsy. If they or you still have a concern, you can always seek a second opinion.
Web reference: http://www.dermatology-center.com
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The term "Benign Appearing" is a standard description used by pathologists to discuss normal moles. The final diagnosis, compound nevus, confirms that it is benign. Not to worry, it's just the way they routinely describe what they see so you should not read anything further into it.
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