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what's the difference between dermatopathology and dermatology doctor?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Dermatopathology: Dermatopathology is a sub-specialty of pathology. Pathologists, as a general rule, spend most of their time in a lab...Looking at specimens sent to them by other physicians. A dermatologist, based on what the skin problem is, will just treat the problem. Sometimes, when a diagnosis is in question a biopsy is done and sent to the dermatopathologist for a diagnosis.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Joshua Fox
Dr. Joshua Fox commented
38 years experience Dermatology
the dermatologist interacts with the patient treating them. the dermatopathologist helps the dermatologist in establishing a diagnosis so the dermatologist can treat the patient.
Dec 10, 2012
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
8 years experience Dermatology
Several: Dermpath doctors can come from a background in either dermatology or pathology. They examine the biopsy specimens that physicians send them to understand what kind of skin lesion is present and can help elucidate difficult clinical diagnoses.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
One looks at slides : The dermatologist treats skin. A dermatopathologist looks at biopsy slides. They help dermatologists diagnose skin disease.
Answered on Dec 7, 2016
Dr. James Davie
22 years experience Pathology
Two related fields:: Dermatology is the specialty of skin disease. Dermatologists will examine you, possibly perform biopsies if the diagnosis is not straightforward, and handle your treatment and medications for the diagnosis. In contrast, dermatopathologists don't see a patient. Instead, they examine biopsies under a microscope and generate a diagnosis report that goes back to the dermatologist who did the biopsy.
Answered on Jan 1, 2018

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