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What is Dermatopathology?
You're told you need to send your labs to a dermatapa-what?
Dermatopathology is a subspecialty of pathology.
For example, a pathologist is a doctor who interprets pathological specimens to arrive at a specific finding or diagnosis.
Therefore, a dermatopathologist is a highly trained physician who specializes in diagnosing disorders of the skin under a microscope.
They are a dermatologist or pathologist with an additional board certification in evaluating skin, hair, and nail diseases. In simpler terms, the dermatopathologist is a “Private Eye” using microscopic observations and information from your dermatologist to further explain your skin issues.