Suggested Consent Language: Skin Biopsy

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Skin biopsy is generally a low risk procedure; however, possible risks may include: 1) reaction to anesthetic (numbing medicine), 2) excessive bleeding, 3) bruising, 4) infection, and 5) excessive scarring.

After the anesthesia wears off, there will be some soreness at the biopsy site that will last for a few hours. A small scar will develop at the site of the biopsy. An allergic reaction (such as hives) to the numbing medicine is possible.