What is Dermapathology?
Dermatopathology is a subspecialty of both dermatology and surgical pathology that focuses on the study of cutaneous diseases at a microscopic level.
Dermatopathology studies disease of the skin by analyzing their causes, processes and development at a microscopic level. It is a subspecialty of both dermatology and surgical pathology. Many dermapathologists are trained as dermatologists.
Dermatopathology is derived from two words derma and pathology. Derma is a tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis and pathology is study of disease, its causes, development, consequences and process.
Because the skin is on the surface of the body, many dermatologists are able to recognize and diagnose skin disorders based on appearance, however in many cases further analysis is needed to determine a conclusive diagnosis. In these cases a biopsy is performed and microscopic analysis is performed. A biopsy may reveal the histology of the disease to aid in its diagnosis. Further testing may be performed on biopsies, including immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, flow cytometry and molecular-pathologic analysis.
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