Sometimes a dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition based on an office examination. In other cases, they may need a skin biopsy, analyzed by a dermatopathologist, to provide the most accurate diagnosis. Our experienced dermatopathologists at New England Dermatology & Laser Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, can diagnose a wide range of skin, hair, and nail conditions so that our dermatologists can provide the most effective treatment options.

People from Longmeadow, Northampton, Westfield, and surrounding MA communities come to our dermatology clinics for the expertise and subspecialty training of our dermatology professionals.

What Is Dermatopathology?

Dermatopathology is a subspecialty of dermatology and pathology that focuses on diagnosing an array of skin conditions by examining them at a microscopic and molecular level.

Why Would I Need a Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist?

Typically, a dermatologist and dermatopathologist combine their expertise to provide patients with an accurate diagnosis of their skin issues and tailor their treatment options. While the dermatologist evaluates a patient’s physical symptoms, if needed, a dermatopathologist examines a skin sample taken from the patient to identify the microscopic characteristics of the condition.

When patients come to our clinic with a rash, lesion, or mole, we aim to get them on the right treatment path as soon as possible, and sometimes a biopsy can help. By doing so, we can save our patients time and money.

How Does a Dermatopathologist Diagnose Skin Conditions?

When our dermatology providers suspect certain conditions, they will remove a section of your skin for further examination. The tissue is then sent to a dermatopathologist who will examine it under a microscope in a lab environment and provide your dermatologist with a written report, also called a biopsy report.

The report will confirm the type of skin condition and other information that will help your dermatologist determine the best course of treatment.

What Skin Disorders Can a Dermatopathologist Diagnose?

A dermatopathologist can diagnose various skin cancers, chronic conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, and more.

Skin Cancer

The only way to definitively diagnose skin cancer is through a skin biopsy. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, but it can be treated successfully if detected early. Basal and squamous cell carcinoma, although less likely to spread, should still be detected and treated early.

Rash or Lesions

A dermatopathologist can differentiate between conditions such as psoriasis and eczema by analysis of a skin biopsy. Certain conditions like psoriasis are considered immune system disorders and can affect other aspects of your health. An accurate and speedy diagnosis can help you start treatment during the early stages of the condition.

Choose a Specialist

It’s normal to feel apprehensive when faced with an unexpected skin issue, but an experienced and knowledgeable dermatology specialist can help. Our team at New England Dermatology & Laser Center work together to help you get the treatment you need to keep your skin healthy. To learn more about the New England Dermatology & Laser Center or to schedule an appointment, call us at (413) 733-9600.


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