Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Subcutaneous Fat

The subcutaneous fat, like the dermis, is derived embryologically from mesenchyme. Primitive mesenchymal cells give rise to fibrocytes and to adipocytes. An adipocyte synthesizes so much fat in its cytoplasm that the lipid displaces and flattens the…

Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Suggested Readings

General Balkwill F (ed). Cytokine Cellular Biology: A Practical Approach (Practical Approach Series). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Darmon M, Blumenberg M (eds). Molecular Biology of the Skin: The Keratinocyte. San Diego: Academic Press, 19…

Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology & Dermatopathology

Breast a Sweat Gland?

“The breast is a modified sweat gland covered by skin and subcutaneous tissue.” Rosai J. The breast. In: Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO: CV Mosby, 1989:1193. “The mammary glands are modified swat gla…