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Advances in Anatomic Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAP.0b013e3181664e8d
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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

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Abstract

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.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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