Cytology is used effectively in many units worldwide but is not considered mainstream cytological practice. One significant advantage of skin cytology over biopsy is the rapidity with which an accurate diagnosis can be made and treatment given immediately, avoiding a return visit for the patient. The main diagnoses are basal cell carcinoma and its mimics, but many skin conditions can be recognised on skin scrape. These are described in detail in this chapter.
KeywordsBasal Cell Carcinoma Small Cell Carcinoma Pleomorphic Adenoma Merkel Cell Carcinoma Actinic Keratosis
Useful Resources and Suggested Reading
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