What is the role of skin biopsy in the workup of pruritus?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: David F Butler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Skin biopsy for direct immunofluorescence and special stains may help exclude a primary dermatologic condition, such as dermatitis herpetiformis or bullous pemphigoid (ie, pruritic pemphigoid), or confirm a systemic cause, such as in mastocytosis.


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