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Helping pathologists provide a useful histology report

This article is a guide for GPs and less experienced trainees on: how to provide relevant information with skin biopsies; what to biopsy or avoid; how to biopsy selected conditions and optimal handling of skin pathology specimens. The overall objective is to explain how to obtain useful final pathology reports. Skin biopsy is the mainstay of diagnosis in many skin diseases, and in many others it is carried out to confirm the clinical impression and as a basis for management of a variety of conditions. GPs send many skin biopsies for pathological interpretation.
Dermatology in practice 2007; 15(2): 29–31
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