Dermatopathology Laboratory

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The Dermatopathology Laboratory plays an integral role in the mission of the Department of Dermatology by providing pathologic interpretations of skin specimens in an atmosphere of close cooperation with clinicians, while providing training and clinical research to advance the science.

The dermatopathology laboratory is responsible for

  • The interpretation of cutaneous biopsy specimens received from various internal and external practices in dermatology and other specialties in medicine.
  • Interpretation of frozen sections from dermatological surgery, Tzanck smears, cutaneous electron micrographs, and various immunohistochemical, histochemical and in situ hybridization stains
  • Expert consultations on referred skin biopsy slides

The practice typically deals with a broad range of complex dermatoses, including difficult melanocytic lesions and lymphoproliferative disorders.