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Skin lesion aspirationDefinition:
Skin lesion aspiration is the withdrawal of fluid from a skin lesion (sore).
How the test is performed:
A needle is put into skin sore or skin abscess , which may contain fluid or pus. The fluid may be examined under a microscope. It may also be put in a lab dish (called a culture medium) and watched for growth of bacteria or fungi.
How to prepare for the test:
You do not need to prepare for this test.
How the test will feel:
The health care provider may inject a numbing medicine (anesthetic) into the skin before inserting the needle if the sore is deep.
You may feel a pricking sensation as the needle enters the skin.
In many cases, the removing fluid will lessen pressure within the skin sore and ease pain.
Why the test is performed:
This test is used find the cause of a fluid-filled skin lesion. It can be used to diagnose skin infections.
What abnormal results mean:
Abnormal results may be a sign of a infection caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
What the risks are:
There is a small risk of bleeding, mild pain, or infection.
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|Review Date: 11/20/2012|
Reviewed By: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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