New directions in dermatopathology: in vivo confocal microscopy in clinical practice.

Longo C, Zalaudek I, Argenziano G, Pellacani G.; Dermatol Clin. 2012 Oct;30(4):799-814. DOI: 10.1016/j.det.2012.06.012.


In vivo confocal microscopy represents a new device that generates a virtual skin biopsy at cytologic resolution. This article describes the most relevant confocal findings and their histopathologic correlates in skin oncology and inflammatory diseases. The light and dark of confocal microscopy are briefly discussed in relation with its clinical applications.