Michel's Transport Medium as an Alternative to Liquid Nitrogen for PCR Analysis of Skin Biopsy Specimens
Formalin fixation and paraffin embedding are standard procedures for histopathological diagnosis and allow long-term archiving of tissue specimens. The cross-linking properties of formalin cause fragmentation of nucleic acids and reduce the sensitivity of PCR analysis. Michel's medium is a well-established transport medium used by dermatologists for biopsy transport to maintain tissue-fixed immunoreactants prior to direct immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopy. Here we report that Michel's medium also allows short-term preservation of DNA for PCR analysis and permits amplification of amplicons larger than 1 kb. T...
Source: Dermatopathology - November 7, 2014 Category: Pathology Source Type: research

Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome in an Adult on Chemotherapy
Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome is a toxin-mediated, epidermolytic condition that uncommonly affects adults. A 51-year-old man receiving chemotherapy for leukemia presented with a large geographic erosion with superficial sloughing and multiple smaller lesions elsewhere. Biopsy revealed complete subcorneal splitting with multiple detached fragments of normal-appearing stratum corneum with fragments of attached acantholytic granular keratinocytes. Mild epidermal dysmaturation was also noted. Based on these findings, the patient was started on oral cephalexin, topical mupirocin, and topical clobetasol. His lesions impro...
Source: Dermatopathology - November 7, 2014 Category: Pathology Source Type: research