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A Journal on Dermatology

Journal of Istituto Dermatologico San Gallicano
Official Journal of the Associazione Dermatologi Ospedalieri Italiani - A.D.O.I.
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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2010 December;12(4):177-86

language: English, Italian

Invisible dermatoses from the perspective of dermatopathologist - Part I

Tomasini C., Butera A. C.

Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Oncologia Umana, Clinica Dermatologica, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italia


From the perspective of the dermatopathologist, the invisible dermatoses comprise a heterogeneous plethora of skin disorders characterized by a stunning discrepancy between an expressive and striking clinical morphology and very discrete histopathologic alterations that make the skin look normal. In these events, methods and strategies based on a meticulous microscopic examination of the specimen along with clinicopathologic correlation, use of special stains and/or immunohistochemistry may lead to the correct diagnosis. The updated list presented in this paper will be of great use in assisting the dermatopathologist when facing with the problem.

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