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Molecular Diagnostics in Dermatopathology: Melanoma and other Applications
Saturday, March 02
Palm Ballroom 3
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Gregory A. Hosler, MD, PhD - Handout
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- List molecular assays used in the diagnosis and management of melanoma.
- List molecular assays used in the diagnosis of lymphoma, infectious disease, and genodermatoses.
- Evaluate these assays in terms of appropriate utility and limitations.
While molecular testing has expanded in many fields of medicine, only a few tests are utilized and/or are currently available in the field of dermatology and dermatopathology. This is changing, however, and expansion in this area is inevitable. This session focuses on molecular testing for melanoma. It covers comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and PCR-based assays as they are used for both the diagnosis of melanoma and identification of potential therapeutic targets. Other applications for molecular testing will be briefly discussed, including testing for lymphoma, infectious diseases, and genodermatoses.