Indian Journal of Dermatopathology and Diagnostic Dermatology

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 29--41

Panniculitis: A dermatopathologist's perspective and approach to diagnosis


Parikshaa Gupta1, Uma Nahar Saikia1, Sandeep Arora1, Dipankar De2, Bishan Das Radotra2 
1 Department of Histopathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Leprology and Venereology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Uma Nahar Saikia
Department of Histopathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
India

Panniculitis is the inflammation of subcutaneous fat. It poses a diagnostic challenge, both for the clinician as well as the histopathologist owing to its diverse etiologies, overlapping morphological features, and dynamic nature of the lesions. The standard protocol for histopathologic diagnosis is to examine deep skin biopsies after staining with hematoxylin and eosin. Sometimes, however, special stains are also needed to rule out varied etiologies. A thorough histopathologic examination in conjunction with appropriate clinical details is the key to identify different subtypes of panniculitis. In this review, we discuss the classification of panniculitis with salient histopathologic features of the subtypes in each category. We also present a diagnostic algorithm for arriving at a definitive histopathologic diagnosis of different panniculitis subtypes.


How to cite this article:
Gupta P, Saikia UN, Arora S, De D, Radotra BD. Panniculitis: A dermatopathologist's perspective and approach to diagnosis.Indian J Dermatopathol Diagn Dermatol 2016;3:29-41


How to cite this URL:
Gupta P, Saikia UN, Arora S, De D, Radotra BD. Panniculitis: A dermatopathologist's perspective and approach to diagnosis. Indian J Dermatopathol Diagn Dermatol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 May 27 ];3:29-41
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