Current knowledge in inflammatory dermatopathology

Dermatol Clin. 2012 Oct;30(4):667-84, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2012.06.004. Epub 2012 Jul 28.


The complex and fascinating spectrum of inflammatory skin disease, and the comprehension of it, is ever expanding and evolving. During the first decade of the 21st century, numerous advances in the understanding of inflammatory disease mechanisms have occurred, particularly in psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Continuation of this trend will assure a future in which molecular tests for biomarkers of immediate clinical relevance are used in routine patient care, not only for diagnosis but also for prognosis and management. This article focuses on selected recent or noteworthy developments that are clinically relevant for the histologic diagnosis of inflammatory skin diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arteritis / pathology
  • Dermatitis / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis / pathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Drug Eruptions / pathology
  • Glucagonoma / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Levamisole / adverse effects
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Cutaneous / pathology
  • Mycosis Fungoides / diagnosis*
  • Necrolytic Migratory Erythema / diagnosis*
  • Necrolytic Migratory Erythema / pathology
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Paraneoplastic Syndromes / pathology
  • Photosensitivity Disorders / pathology
  • Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris / pathology
  • Skin Diseases, Genetic / pathology
  • Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • Sweet Syndrome / pathology


  • Levamisole

Supplementary concepts

  • Actinic Prurigo