• Dermatology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the skin, hair, nails, oral cavity,
• Dermatopathology is a branch of pathology concerned with diseases of the skin.
Dermatopathologists are physicians who, after completing their training in either dermatology or pathology, pursued additional training in accredited programs for the interpretation of skin biopsies. These physicians integrate the patient's clinical information with microscopic observations of his/her biopsy to provide diagnostic information to the treating physician. Dermatopathology is a consultative service to the referring dermatologist, not simply a laboratory test. Your dermatopathologist is an important member of your health care team. The accurate microscopic interpretation of your biopsy is a critical factor in understanding your diagnosis and in influencing the selection of the most appropriate treatment option.
One of the greatest challenges of dermatopathology is the high number of different skin diseases. There are an estimated 1,500 different rashes and skin tumors. Therefore, dermatology and dermatopathology are among the most complex specialties of medicine.