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Differnce between dermatology and dermatopathology?

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Dr. Candace Spann answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Skin vs. slides: A dermatologist is trained in the clinical appearance of diseases related to the hair, skin, and nails. A dermatopathologist examines skin specimens under a microscope and makes diagnoses based on the history provided by the dermatologist and the patterns of cells on the microscope slides. The dermatologist performs skin biopsies, the dermatopathologist reads the microscope slides.

Answered 10/13/2018

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Dr. M. Christine Lee answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Skin vs microscope: Dermatology is the study of skin and all its diseases. It involves skin, hair, and nails. Dermatopathology is the study of skin disease under the microscope. A dermatologist treats all skin diseases and conditions, including medical and surgical procedures. A dermatopathologist looks at slides under the microscope (taken from tissue specimens submitted usually from a biopsy) to make a diagnosis.

Answered 8/31/2017

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Dr. Fawn Winkelman answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Derm vs dermpath: A dermatopathologist is a medical doctor who specializes in dermatology and pathology and has the ability to diagnoses diseases of the skin, hair, and nails by looking at samples under a microscope. A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating the skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes.

Answered 10/8/2020

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Dr. James Davie answered

Specializes in 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 8/31/2017

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Dr. Glynis Ablon answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Dermatopathology: Is the study of skin pathology. This is a specialty where doctor is trained to read pathology of skin biopsies, while dermatology is the study of skin, hair and nail disorders

Answered 8/31/2017

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Dr. Gary Hahn answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Definitions: basically dermatology is the care of the skin; dermatopathology is the study of the pathology of the skin.

Answered 10/8/2020

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Dr. Ayyaz Shah answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Clinic vs microscope: Dermatology is the study of and evaluation of skin in a clinical setting whereas dermatopathology is study of skin using a microscope.

Answered 8/31/2017

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