What is dermatopathology?
Dermatology is the area of medicine that focuses on conditions affecting skin, hair, and nails. Pathology or surgical pathology is the study of disease in general, with emphasis on the causes of disease. Dermatopathology brings these disciplines together, referring to tests and processes that help to diagnose dermatological conditions.
There are thousands of disorders of skin, hair, and nails, ranging from skin rashes annoying irritations to cosmetic concerns to potentially life-threatening cancers. A dermatopathologist studies cutaneous disease at a microscopic, cellular level. Dermatopathology supplements the dermatologist’s physical examination with tests such as:
- Microscopic examination
- Molecular-pathologic analysis
In some settings, the quality of skin biopsy results can be questionable. At Associates in Dermatology in Westlake, OH we understand your need for answers without delay. With an on-site board-certified dermatopathologist , we provide accurate, timely reporting of Mohs biopsy results, thereby reducing anxiety, and other biopsies within two weeks. It is one of the reasons patients throughout the Western Cleveland and Lorain County area choose us for their dermatology issues.
Results help the dermatologist arrive at an accurate diagnosis, which is the first step in outlining an effective treatment plan.
Benefits of an on-site dermatopathologist in Westlake, OH
Associates in Dermatology is pleased to have Dr. Karen Turgeon as a vital principal of our organization. She is board-certified in dermatopathology as well as dermatology. Though our other board-certified dermatologists and providers are trained in evaluating biopsy specimens, Dr. Turgeon’s insight is invaluable. This level of collaboration promotes the accurate diagnosis of skin cancer and complex dermatologic diseases. Having a dermatopathologist in-house fosters close communication, optimizing the interpretation of your biopsies and the highest quality dermatologic care.
When you have concerns about skin health, we are equally eager to get to the root of the problem and get started on appropriate treatment. Providing quality dermatopathology services is one of the ways we honor this commitment to our patients.
Call Associates in Dermatology at (440) 482-8323 for the serious dermatopathology attention your skin deserves. We have offices in
Westlake, Middleburg Heights, and Lorain, OH for your convenience.