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Dermatopathology involves histologic examination of skin biopsy and oral mucosal specimens.
Histologic diagnosis and differential diagnosis of cutaneous diseases
Histologic diagnosis is based primarily on interpretation of hematoxylin and eosin-stained sections. Special histochemical stains, such as alcian blue, Giemsa, or periodic acid-Schiff may be necessary in some cases.
Interpretation is based on evaluation of patterns including architectural and cytologic details, which are included in a microscopic description.
Specific diagnosis may require correlation with clinical information.
Diagnosis and description of microscopic findings
Lever WF, Schaumburg-Lever G: Histopathology of the Skin. Seventh edition. Philadelphia, JB Lippincott, 1990