Dermatopathology – Skin, Hair and Nail Disorders

Patients often come to Penn Dermatology to obtain a second opinion on a previous diagnosis or to find better treatment options. Penn’s skin pathologists, or dermatopathologists, are considered the best in the country. Physicians and medical practitioners from Penn and other hospitals and health systems from the Philadelphia region and around the country routinely send laboratory tests to Penn’s pathologists because of superior and accurate diagnostics and prompt and exceptional service.

Penn Cutaneous Pathology Services, the dermatopathology division of Penn Dermatology, provides a full range of routine and highly specialized skin studies, including:

  • Routine hematoxylin-eosin stains
  • Histochemical stains
  • Immunohistochemical stains
  • Direct and indirect immunofluorescence
  • ELISA testing for pemphigus and pemphigoid
  • Sezary cell analysis

Although patients do not make appointments directly with a skin or oral pathologist, they can share with their dermatologist or referring physician the Penn Cutaneous Pathology Services website to obtain information on pathology services and skin studies. This service provides physicians from Penn and other healthcare facilities with fast and reliable results and the highest quality service.