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J Clin Pathol 58:1233-1241 doi:10.1136/jcp.2005.027151
  • Review

My approach to superficial inflammatory dermatoses

  1. K O Alsaad,
  2. D Ghazarian
  1. Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr K O Alsaad
    Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; khaledalsaadgmail.com
  • Accepted 26 April 2005

Abstract

Superficial inflammatory dermatoses are very common and comprise a wide, complex variety of clinical conditions. Accurate histological diagnosis, although it can sometimes be difficult to establish, is essential for clinical management. Knowledge of the microanatomy of the skin is important to recognise the variable histological patterns of inflammatory skin diseases. This article reviews the non-vesiculobullous/pustular inflammatory superficial dermatoses based on the compartmental microanatomy of the skin.

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