Present address: Department of Cellular Pathology/Oxford Biomedical Research Center, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Perspectives in Dermatopathology
The current state of play in the histopathologic assessment of alopecia: two for one or one for two?
Version of Record online: 20 FEB 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 298–304, March 2013
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The current state of play in the histopathologic assessment of alopecia: two for one or one for two?, , , , , .
- Issue online: 20 FEB 2013
- Version of Record online: 20 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 7 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 19 SEP 2012
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The histopathologic assessment of a scalp biopsy for alopecia relies largely on the quality of the specimen provided for evaluation. There are a number of different protocols in the literature which have been proposed over the years, but no consensus has yet been reached as to the appropriate number of biopsies to be taken, or to which sectioning technique is the gold standard for achieving the best diagnostic yield. We herein review the pros and cons of the various protocols and share the experience with our St John's protocol.