Delhi Dermpath Laboratory
 
Dermatopathology is the backbone of sound dermatologic practice. It is most essential in evaluating and managing vesicobullous diseases, granulomatous and chronic infectious diseases, appendageal tumors, and neoplastic diseases.
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(91-11) 24196666 / 24672222
 
9871665744 / 8800788655
 
(91-11) 24196677
 
 
10, Aradhana Enclave
RK Puram, Sector 13, Ring Road
New Delhi 110066
India
 
Delhi Dermatology Group
 
The value of dermatopathology in inflammatory and allergic skin diseases is under-recognized and under-utilized in India. There are several plausible explanations for this phenomenon:
 
There is a misplaced notion that a disease that is readily visible is readily diagnosable and warrants no investigation. Nothing is further from the truth. Skin diseases are diagnosed by patterns and morphology, which typically take weeks, months or even years to evolve. Dermatopathology allows early diagnosis through clinicopathologic correlation. Further, in India, because of rampant self-medication and indiscriminate therapeutic management the morphology and patterns are modified often rendering skin diseases very difficult to diagnose perpetuating blinded treatments.
Dermatopathology is a grossly underserved area of medical practice. There are scant opportunities for training and certification. There are a handful of dermatopathologists for a country of 1.15 billion people.
Additional cost of skin biopsy and its implied financial burden is sometimes cited as the excuse for not performing diagnostic skin biopsies. This is a fallacy. A delayed diagnosis results in prolonged treatment with poor outcomes and unwarranted additional costs of medications and physician fees, not forgetting the prolonged physical and mental suffering.
 
The decision to perform a skin biopsy and to attempt to arrive at a pathologic diagnosis needs to be put in a perspective. Presently it is a very elective procedure dependent on the beliefs and the convictions of the individual skin care provider. However, this is likely to change as patient population becomes more aware and more demanding, as more regulation comes in through insurance companies and the Government, and as malpractice sentiment heats up.

Being competent, being academic, being sensitive to patient’s needs are essential qualities of a successful doctor; performing skin biopsies, providing accurate diagnosis, being scientific and evidence-based, is a measure of a good dermatologist.
 
Delhi Dermpath Laboratory (DDL)
 
It was established in 1988 by Dr Asha Kubba and is dedicated to providing services in diagnostic skin pathology exclusively. As science and technology have progressed so have the services at DDL. Below is a brief description of DDL.
 
Location: 10 Aradhana Enclave, Ring Road, RK Puram Sector 13, New Delhi – 110 066.
 
DDL shares floor space with Delhi Dermatology Group in a new custom designed building in an easily accessible location diagonally across from Hyatt Regency Hotel in central – south Delhi. 
 
Delhi Dermpath Laboratory Equipment
Nikon 5-headed teaching microscope with camera
 
DDL Director – Dr Asha Kubba
 
India’s only formally trained and American Board certified dermatopathologist.
Pathology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Diplomate American Board of Pathology.
Dermatopathology fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.
Diplomate American Board of Pathology in Dermatopathology.
Over 20 years experience of providing dermatopatholgy services in India.
Founding member and currently honorary secretary of Dermatopathology Society of India (DSI).
Organizing Secretary of International Dermpath CME (biannual) under the aegis of DSI.
Member, International Society of Dermatopathology.
Member, American Society of Dermatopathology.
Member, European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology.
Life member, Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists & Leprologists.
Member, Indian Association of Pathologists & Microbiologists.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.
Academically active through lectures/ presentations in National & International conferences, and many publications in National & International journals.
Providing microscope teaching to pathology and dermatology residents since 2008.
 
Laboratory Histotechnology Technician – Ms Prilu Wilson
Working fulltime at DDL  
 
DDL Advisors & Collaborators 
 
Dr Jag Bhawan
Professor of Dermatology and Pathology
Director, Skin Pathology Laboratory,
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
 
Dr Eduardo Calonje
Director of Dermatopathology,
St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
(Second opinions, vascular tumours, immunohistochemistry).
 
Dr Catherine Stefanato
Consultant Dermatopathologist & Dermatologist,
St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
 
Mr Balbir Bhogal
Immunoflourescence Laboratory,
St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
 
Major Equipment at DDL
 
Delhi Dermpath Laboratory Equipment
Tissue Processor
 
Delhi Dermpath Laboratory Equipment
Flourscense Microscope with Digital Camera
 
Delhi Dermpath Laboratory Equipment
Cryostat
 
Delhi Dermpath Laboratory Equipment
Microtome
 
Nikon 5-headed teaching microscope with camera
Nikon fluorescent microscope with digital camera
Shandon Tissue Processor
Shandon Histocentre
Shandon cryostat
 
List of Services
 
Diagnostic skin biopsy 
Facility for obtaining the skin biopsy using disposable imported biopsy punches
Routine histopathology with comprehensive report
Special stains: PAS, Giemsa, Masson-Fontana, Fite, ZN, etc
 
Excisions
Grossing
Routine histopathology
Margins
Special stains
 
Scalp biopsies
Vertical & horizontal sections
Special stains
 
Mucosal biopsies
Oral mucosa – snip or punch
Tongue – punch or excision
Gingiva – snip
 
Nail biopsy
Excisional biopsy including matrix
Nail plate clippings for PAS stain
Nail bed biopsy/excision for tumours
 
Genital biopsies
Vulval biopsies for white lesions, pigmented lesions & tumours
Penile biopsies for inflammatory, dysplastic & neoplastic lesionsn
 
Smears
Tzanck smear for herpes & varicella-zoster
Slit-smear for Leprosy & Leishmania
Uretheral pus smear for gonococci
 
Direct Immunoflourescence
Lesional and perilesional skin for diagnosis of bullous diseases (pemphigus, pemphigoid, dermatitis herpetiformis), collagen vascular diseases (Lupus erythematosus)
Immunostaining for IgG, IgM, IgA, C3, fibrin
 
Indirect immunoflourescence: Pemphigus, Bullous pemphigoid, EBA, paraneoplastic pemphigus
Serum for testing on normal human skin, salt split skin, monkey oesophagus and rat bladder epithelium
Immunostaining for IgG, IgM, IgA, C3, fibrin
 
Antigen mapping
For epidermolysis bullosa group & variants
 
Immuno-histochemistry: Cutaneous lymphoma / pseudolymphoma Vitiligo & Melanocytic lesions
 
Reports
 
Reporting time for smears is same day, and for all other tests one week. It is sometimes possible to provide faster reports in urgent situations.
Hard copies can be collected, mailed or couriered
 
Schedule of Fees: Available on Request
 
Contact Information
 
Dr Asha Kubba
 
Delhi Dermpath Laboratory
10, Aradhana Enclave
Rk Puram Sector 13
New Delhi 110066
ashakubba@gmail.com
 
Dr Shweta Grover
 
Consultant Dermatopathologist
09811170984
drshwetagrover@gmail.com
 
Mrs Prilu Wilson
 
Laboratory Phone:
011 24196635 / 011 2419 6666
delhidermpathlab@gmail.com
 
Mr Anil Nair
 
PA to Dr Asha Kubba:
98101 50130
nairanilnair@yahoo.com
 
 
What's New at DDL
 
Biopsy specimen pick-up service is provided in Delhi & NCR

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9810150130
9810286755