• Peter J. Heenan
  • David E. Elder
  • L. H. Sobin
Part of the World Health Organization International Histological Classification of Tumours book series (HISTOLOG.CLASS)


In the 21 years since the first edition of the Histological Typing of Skin Tumours, there have been major changes in skin tumour pathology, including the recognition of many new entities, changes in classifications and rapid advances in immunocytochemical diagnostic techniques. This edition has included the more important newly recognized skin tumours, resulting in considerable expansion in the categories of melanocytic and lymphoproliferative tumours, and including neoplasms of uncertain histogenesis such as primary cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma (Merkel cell tumour) and epithelioid sarcoma. The classification of melanoma in this edition is based on that of Clark, as presented in the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Atlas of Tumour Pathology,1 as discussed more fully in the introduction to the section on melanocytic tumours. Many soft tissue tumours defined and described in the second edition of Histological Typing of Soft Tissue Tumours 2 have not been further described in this volume, except for those tumours of major clinical importance that occur as primary tumours of cutaneous soft tissue.


Histological Typing Soft Tissue Tumour Neuroendocrine Carcinoma Rapid Advance Epithelioid Sarcoma 
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  1. Elder DE, Murphy GF (1991) Melanocytic tumors of the skin. In: Atlas of tumor pathology. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.Google Scholar
  2. Weiss SW (1994) Histological typing of soft tissue tumours, WHO International Histological Classification of Tumours. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg New York.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Heenan
    • 1
  • David E. Elder
    • 2
  • L. H. Sobin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of Western Australia Queen Elizabeth II Medical CenterPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineUniversity of Pennsylvania School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Armed Forces Institute of PathologyUSA

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