Dermatopathology is a board-certified subspecialty of dermatology and surgical pathology which focuses on the study of cutaneous diseases at the microscopic level. Specimens are examined under the microscope to identify potential causes of disorder of the skin, hair or nails. Most often, it is how we determine whether or not skin cancer is present.
At Pariser Dermatology Specialists, we currently have two, board-certified dermatopathologists on staff. Dr. Ashley Reed and Dr. Molly Smith are licensed in both dermatology and dermatopathology. We also have a specialized dermatopathology lab located in our Norfolk office, for our patient’s convenience. Our lab ensures we’re able to analyze biopsies and samples quickly and efficiently.
How does Dermatopathology Work?
- First, our dermatopathologist experts will take a sample of a patient’s skin, hair, or nails.
- Once the sample is received in our lab, it is fixed in formaldehyde, embedded in wax, and cut into thin slices to be placed on a glass slide.
- Next, special dyes are used to stain the specimen.
- Finally, the specimenis then examined under a microscope by either Dr. Reed or Dr. Smith.
Depending on what our board-certified dermatopathologists observe in the sample, additional testing may be required to accurately identify what is causing the skin condition.Throughout this process, our team will keep you informed every step of the way.
What are the Benefits of Dermatopathology?
A Dermapathologist is a licensed medical expert who is trained specifically in identifying skin disorders, diseases and cancers. While a dermatologist specializes in diagnosing skin conditions through a physical examination, a dermatopathologist receives the biopsy specimens, examines the tissue carefully and then makes the diagnosis. Working with a dermatopathologist ensures even the most rare and unique condition is accurately diagnosed in a laboratory setting.
At Pariser Dermatology, having our own dermatopathology lab, staffed by our own board-certified dermatopathologists, allows for better communication and collaboration between dermatopathology and your dermatologist. This also allows us to analyze biopsies faster and more efficiently than other practices.
Ultimately, utilizing the services of a dermatopathologist is an integral part of the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders and cancers.