When I did have my biopsy on the soft palate, I have now again bleeding and an ulcer on the soft palate, what should I do?



Since you’re experiencing bleeding and an ulcer on the soft palate following a biopsy, it’s important to address this situation promptly. Below is a step-by-step approach tailored to your case:

Initial Analysis:

  1. Post-biopsy Hemorrhage: Bleeding after a biopsy is not uncommon, but persistent or heavy bleeding requires immediate medical attention. Treatment options may include local hemostatic measures, application of pressure, or cautery under local anesthesia.

  2. Traumatic Ulceration: Trauma from the biopsy could lead to ulcer formation. Treatment often involves palliative care with topical anesthetics and observance for signs of healing. If the ulcer persists, further investigation may be necessary.

  3. Infection: The presence of an ulcer and bleeding may sometimes indicate an infection. Management would involve oral antiseptic rinses, topical antibiotics, or systemic antibiotics if indicated.

Differential Diagnosis:

Considering the postoperative status, the most viable diagnoses and corresponding treatments are:

  1. Postoperative Hemorrhage: If the bleeding is significant or not subsiding, returning to the oral surgeon for an evaluation is necessary. The doctor may use local measures such as silver nitrate sticks or sutures to control bleeding. Supportive Patient Information: Recent biopsy and active bleeding.
  2. Secondary Infection: If there are signs of infection, such as increased pain, swelling, purulent discharge, or fever, antibiotics may be prescribed. Supportive Patient Information: Presence of an ulcer and systemic signs of infection.

  3. Biopsy Site Ulcer: Persistent ulcers at the site of a biopsy may occur due to trauma or inadequate healing. Treatment is typically supportive, but if the ulcer does not resolve within two weeks, further assessment and potentially another biopsy may be required to rule out any pathological process. Supportive Patient Information: The appearance of an ulcer following an invasive procedure.

Treatment Recommendation:

Based on the information provided, you should:

  • Apply direct pressure to the bleeding site with a clean, damp gauze for several minutes.
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods that may exacerbate bleeding.
  • Use saltwater rinses or chlorhexidine mouthwash to maintain cleanliness and assist in healing.
  • Contact your oral surgeon as soon as possible for an emergency evaluation to determine the cause of the bleeding and the appropriate intervention.
  • Monitor for signs of infection or increasing pain, which may necessitate antibiotic therapy.

If the bleeding is profuse or if you are unable to control it with direct pressure, seek emergency medical care immediately.

Follow-Up: It is critical that you follow up with your oral surgeon for reassessment of the biopsy site. If the ulcer does not show signs of healing within 7-14 days, or if there are any changes in the area such as increased pain, irregular borders, or color changes, further evaluation must be pursued to rule out other pathological conditions.

Documentation and Referral: Ensure that all interventions and observations are well-documented, and if needed, a referral to a specialist, such as an oral pathologist, may be warranted for further management.

Literature Support: The management of biopsy site complications, such as bleeding and ulcers, are well-documented in the literature and standard care protocols should be followed (Patton LL, et al., Oral Maxillofacial Surg Clin North Am, 2017).

Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider for personalized medical advice.

Michael Truppe, MD

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