At Dermatology Group of the Carolinas in Concord, NC, we specialize in skin and provide comprehensive dermatologic care to our patients. Our practitioners diagnose and treat the diseases and conditions affecting the hair, skin, and nails while promoting optimal skin health with different treatment processes. Our dermatopathology department is a key component of our services, helping to learn more about the cause of a rash or skin condition and determine whether specific skin lesions are cancerous.
What Is Dermatopathology?
A dermatopathologist is an expert in evaluating skin tissue samples under a microscope to determine the disease or cause of the abnormal specimen. A dermatopathologist requires an additional year of fellowship training to become certified.
When patients visit a dermatologist, there is a chance the dermatologist may recommend having an abnormal portion of the skin removed (biopsy) from the body and sent to a lab for further analysis. Examining the biopsy helps to diagnose whether the skin growth or lesion is cancerous and the primary cause of the skin condition. Regardless of why you need to remove skin, growth, or lesion, we ensure every specimen undergoes a thorough analysis.
Treatments and Results You Can Trust
At Dermatology Group of the Carolinas, our on-site certified CLIA-certified pathology laboratory processes the specimens and our dermatopathologists are able to review each sample using a specialized microscope. Providing these services in house enables our dermatologists and dermatopathologists to work closely and collaboratively. Our expert dermatopathologists also participate in our onsite Clinical Correlations Conference, allowing them to present difficult cases to the visiting professors who specialize in specific areas of treatment.
What Can Dermatopathologists Diagnose?
At Dermatology Group of the Carolinas, our dermatopathology department encounter a complex variety of specimens, including skin disorders, melanoma, and infectious, immunologic, and pediatric diseases. Our dermatopathologists are able to diagnose immune system disorders, degenerative diseases, tumors, infectious diseases, and more, providing our dermatologists with a conclusive diagnosis from which to create a comprehensive plan.
Dermatopathology is an important subspecialty of dermatology and pathology, and precision and skill in this field are critical to an accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment plan. If you need a biopsy and are looking for practitioners and skin experts you can trust, we can help. Our team of experts will provide excellent, patient-centered care and design a treatment plan that treats your condition and promotes optimal skin health.