Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Identification of Basic Patterns: Skin: Fibrosing Dermatitis

See Fig. 5.350 A&B. Figure 5.350 Fibrosing dermatitis. A. Early. B. Late (sclerosis). Fibrosing dermatitis (as well as fibrosing peri-infundibulitis/perifolliculitis and fibrosing panniculitis) results, in every instance, from injury to nonep…

Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Errors and Reasons

Error: Abortive is an accurate modifier of particular pathologic processes, e.g., abortive dermatofibroma, abortive morphea, and abortive T-cell lymphoma. Reason: The idea itself is abortive! For example, what is called “abortive T-cell lympho…

Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology

Lichen nitidus vs. Lichen striatus

Loss of hair attributable either to the effects of inflammatory cells on follicles or to physiological or mechanical factors in which inflammatory cells play no role. Although the scalp is the site most often affected, any region of the skin that be…

Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

"Folliculitis" (Infundibulitis)

“Folliculitis” (Infundibulitis) Synonyms What is designated, universally, folliculitis is, in actuality, infundibulitis. In short, infundibulitis is NOT a synonym for folliculitis; the former, for purposes practical, is a suppurative pro…

Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Drug eruptions

Drug eruptions Synonyms Dermatitis medicamentosa Presentation stereotypical Age and sex Any age or either sex, but most common in older persons who take many medications. Immunosuppressed patients, among them those infected with the human immunodefi…

Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology & Dermatopathology

Keratosis Lichenoides Chronica?

“So we have to start once more [in regard to what is the authentic nature of lichen rubra moniliformia], returning to the old case of Kaposi by which the question began in 1886.” Pinkus H. Lichen ruber moniliformis Kaposi. Arch Dermato…

Histologic Diagnosis of Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Lichen planus

Lichen planus Synonyms Lichen ruber planus Lichen ruber Presentation stereotypical Age and sex More common in women, especially young and middle-aged adults Distribution of lesions Flexor surface of forearms and wrists, but no site is exempt. Occu…

Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology

Acne vulgaris, erythematous papule vs. Rosacea, erythematous papule

Loss of hair attributable either to the effects of inflammatory cells on follicles or to physiological or mechanical factors in which inflammatory cells play no role. Although the scalp is the site most often affected, any region of the skin that be…

Differential Diagnosis in Dermatopathology

Discussions

Erythematous papules of acne vulgaris and of rosacea have in common localization mostly to the face, suppurative infundibulitis, and a mixed infiltrate of inflammatory cells in the dermis, it containing lymphocytes and plasma cells, and sometimes hi…