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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-37

Skin biopsy in pediatric age group: Special considerations

Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

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G Nandakumar
Shreenandanam, VARA 746 A, Vattiyoorkavu, Trivandrum
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A significant percentage of patients attending the Dermatology OPD belong to the pediatric age group. Children can present with a wide range of skin diseases. In many of these cases, a diagnosis can be made on clinical examination alone. But, sometimes, the differential diagnoses are many and therefore a skin biopsy and histopathological examination are done to arrive at a diagnosis. Pediatric skin presents unique problems. Therefore, skin biopsy, although a minor surgical procedure, along with preparation and after care, have to be tailor made. It is important for the dermatologist to be familiar with the many additional aspects faced in this situation and for the pathologist to be properly equipped to face the many challenges that pediatric skin throws up.

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