Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Confusing Terms (to be Avoided Scrupulously)

APOPTOSIS [Gk. apo- (away from) + ptosis (a falling)]: Reputed to be a specific type of cell death in which dead cells are said to undergo fragmentation by implosion with subsequent phagocytosis of nuclear debris (Fig. 3.40). The process is claimed…

Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology

Metastatic carcinoma from a breast vs. Morpheiform basal-cell carcinoma

A malignant neoplasm of melanocytes that, in the skin, begins as a macule and may become a patch or a papule. A flat lesion of melanoma tends to be asymmetrical, poorly circumscribed with a scalloped, jagged, or notched border, and variegate, mostly…

Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology

Discussions

In general, neoplasms metastatic to the skin present little difficulty in differential diagnosis from neoplasms primary in the skin. Carcinoma of the breast is an exception. If there are but a few neoplastic cells and numerous inflammatory cells sca…

Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Dermatofibroma

…sual dermatofibroma and may ulcerate in the absence of trauma. Desmoplastic melanoma is more asymmetrical, subtly variegate in color, and unaffiliated with a “dimple sign.” Spitz’s nevus may be red, orange, or pink, as well as brown…

Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology

Differential Diagnosis

Dermatofibroma Desmoplastic Spitz’s nevus 1. Acanthotic epidermis often associated with induction of folliculo-sebaceous units 1. Little or no acanthosis; no induction of folliculo-sebaceous units 2. Epidermis often thinned above the cen…

Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology

Images

Dermatofibroma Desmoplastic Spitz’s nevus…