The Church Spire Sign in Dermatopathology

Raagini Suresh, B.S. Keywords: church spire sign, dermatology, dermatopathology, pathology, biopsy Abstract: Dermatopathologists often use key phrases to describe histopathological findings. This piece takes a look at the origin of the phrase “church spire sign,” and explains the symbolic meaning behind the addition of spires to church buildings. Dermatology is an extremely visual field. While the physical exam is often a key component of establishing a diagnosis, histopathology can be used to provide a microscopic look at clinical findings. Most dermatologists are well versed in performing biopsies to better characterize their patients’ skin lesions, often sending biopsy specimens to dermatopathologists for interpretation. The language dermatopathologists use in their reports includes … Continue reading

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