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The utility of elastic Verhoeff-Van Gieson staining in dermatopathology
Article first published online: 10 DEC 2012
© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 211–225, February 2013
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The utility of elastic Verhoeff-Van Gieson staining in dermatopathology., , , , and .
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 10 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 6 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 10 MAY 2012
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Elastic fibers are important components of the skin and are responsible for skin elasticity. Genetic defects are well-known in numerous hereditary elastic tissue disorders and skin biopsies are often the first step in the evaluation of those disorders. Verhoeff-Van Gieson elastic staining is a simple method that is used for visualizing elastic fibers. With the development of modern immunohistochemical methods, the value of routine histochemical staining is sometimes underestimated. Histochemical stains are less expensive, easy to perform and help to resolve numerous diagnostic quandaries in dermatopathology. This article focuses on the value of elastic tissue staining in dermatopathology, with a focus on primary elastic tissue disorders, alopecia, inflammatory skin disorders and neoplastic proliferations.