Grossing in Dermatopathology

Dermatology can compete only with psychiatry on the number of clinical diagnoses owing to the skin’s easy exposure to irritants and the variety of reactions to them. Dermatologists do not hesitate to put many question marks in their clinical diagnosis because at the end of the day the pathology diagnosis rules. However, dermatologists are the most proficient in surgical pathology. It is common practice, especially in academic institutions, for dermatologist to sit with a dermatopathologist before the microscope, trying to follow the pass how the pathology diagnosis is generated. Sometimes, dermatologists do pathology by themselves.

The Susan Lester’s Manual of Surgical Pathology (2010) largely targets residents and pathologists without focusing on the details of grossing techniques. Scarce materials written on the grossing skin specimens topic are dispersed in dermatology textbooks.

Grossing in dermatopathology is presented in our book Dermatopathology Laboratory Techniques co-authored with Clifford Chapman and in more  details  in our recent book Grossing Technology. A Guide for Biopsies and Small Specimens (Amazon.com). Below is the excerpt from the Table of Contents related to grossing in dermatopathology.

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Excert from the Table of Contents in Grossing Technology. A Guide for Biopsies and Small Specimens book.

Dermatopathology ………………………………………………………………………… ……………..80

Shave biopsy ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 83

Punch biopsy ………………………………………………………………………………………………  87

Excision biopsy …………………………………………………………………………………………… 94

Miscellaneous skin specimens….………………………………………………………………….  103

Mohs surgery ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 106

Alopecia biopsy …………………………………………………………………………………………. 113

 

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