Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Pathology; General Conditions Commonly Found in Dermatology


This module includes a practical component in the laboratory preparing and interpreting slides.


Key learning objectives Day One:

  • Understand skin scrapings, hair examination, acetate strip examination, and impression smears
  • Sampling techniques (including biopsies), sample processing, storage and recording
  • Understand the basic cytology of samples collected from the skin including masses and discharging sinuses
  • Interpret the clinical laboratory medicine information in relation to skin disease, including: haematology, biochemistry and endocrine tests, fluid and electrolyte disorders and cytology
  • Know the diagnostic tests for infectious diseases – techniques and interpretation (including viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases)
  • Have an understanding of the principles of the use of pattern analysis by histopathologists in dermatohistopathology as it relates to disease pathogenesis and diagnosis
  • Interpret histopathology reports

Key learning objectives Day Two:

  • Describe the pathogenesis of alopecia
  • Appreciate the clinical features of alopecia
  • Understand the differential diagnosis of alopecia and have knowledge of specific conditions
  • Outline how to investigate alopecia using a problem solving approach
  • Discuss the management and treatment of alopecia
  • Describe the pathogenesis of keratinisation disorders/scaling
  • Recall the clinical features of these disorders
  • Understand the differential diagnosis of these disorders and have knowledge of specific conditions
  • Outline how to investigate scaling diseases using a problem solving approach
  • Be familiar with the treatment options
  • Understand the pathogenesis and clinical features of pigment changes
  • Understand the differential diagnosis including specific conditions
  • Investigate pigment changes using a problem solving approach
  • Be aware of treatment options


Comprehensive course notes, refreshments and lunch on the day.

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