Chapter 3. Diagnosis of Skin Disorders

  1. Richard P. J. B. Weller MD, FRCP (Edin) Senior Lecturer1,
  2. John A. A. Hunter OBE, BA, MD, FRCP (Edin) Professor Emeritus of Dermatology2,
  3. John A. Savin MA, MD, ChB, FRCP, DIH Former Consultant Dermatologist3 and
  4. Mark V. Dahl BA, MD Professor of Dermatology former Chairman Professor Emeritus4,5

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch3

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Weller, R. P. J. B., Hunter, J. A. A., Savin, J. A. and Dahl, M. V. (2009) Diagnosis of Skin Disorders, in Clinical Dermatology, Fourth Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300086.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Dermatology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

  3. 3

    The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK

  4. 4

    College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

  5. 5

    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146630

Online ISBN: 9781444300086

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Keywords:

  • skin disorder diagnosis;
  • skin disorder family history;
  • skin lesion terminology;
  • dermatoscopy - epiluminescence and skin surface microscopy;
  • prick testing in dermatology;
  • punch biopsy and punch biopsy steps;
  • clinical dermatology - visual specialty;
  • skin disorders and vital laboratory tests in diagnosis

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • History

  • Examination

  • Terminology of lesions (Fig. 3.1)

  • Special tools and techniques

  • Assessment

  • Side-room and office tests

  • Laboratory tests

  • Conclusions

  • Further reading