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Dermatopathology for the Surgical Pathologist: A Pattern Based Approach to the Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Disorders (Part I)

Brinster, Nooshin K. MD

Advances in Anatomic Pathology: March 2008 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - pp 76-96
doi: 10.1097/PAP.0b013e3181664e8d
Review Articles

The accurate diagnosis of inflammatory conditions in dermatopathology requires integrating the histopathologic findings with the clinical features. This can be difficult when skin biopsies are seen infrequently and the terminology is unfamiliar, as in a general surgical pathology practice. This 2-part review of inflammatory cutaneous conditions presents a pattern-based approach to the diagnosis of dermatologic disorders and reviews the salient clinical and histologic features. Part I will focus on the spongiotic, psoriasiform, interface, and bullous patterns, whereas Part II will review the perivascular, vasculitis, panniculitis, and nodular and diffuse patterns.

Departments of Pathology and Dermatology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

Reprints: Nooshin K. Brinster, MD, Departments of Pathology and Dermatology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, PO Box 980662, Richmond, VA 23298-0662 (e-mail: nbrinster@mcvh-vcu.edu).

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