High-Yield Vulvar Histopathology for the Clinician

Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2017 Sep;44(3):329-338. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2017.05.001.


Certain adjustable factors may influence how helpful a pathology report is to the clinician. Different biopsy techniques may be preferable based on the type of lesion being biopsied and the background epithelial surface. Key observations from the history and physical examination, possibly with a clinical photograph, are helpful to the pathologist. When reading the pathology report, realize the difficulties arising from definitively classifying some diseases and how treatment can affect the tissue. Finally, avoid miscommunication with the pathologist by understanding current nomenclature of vulvar disease.

Keywords: Biopsy; Diagnosis; Pathology; Report; Requisition; Vulvar.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Vulva / pathology*
  • Vulvar Diseases / pathology*