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Tongue Biopsy

Alternate Names : Biopsy of the Tongue

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

In a tongue biopsy, a small piece of tissue is taken from the tongue for study in the laboratory.

Who is a candidate for the test?

This test is done to help diagnose disorders of the tongue. These include cancer and other unusual lesions or abnormal growths.

How is the test performed?

A tongue biopsy may be done in a doctor's office or in the hospital. The area of the tongue to be biopsied is cleaned and injected with a local anesthetic. When the area is numb, the biopsy sample may be removed by a small needle or by cutting a small piece of the tongue. The sample is then sent to the laboratory to be studied.


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Tongue Biopsy: Preparation & Expectations

Author: David T. Moran, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 09/20/01

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