Bedside Diagnostics for Infections: A Guide for Dermatologists

Frank T. Winsett, Shaunak G. Patel, Brent C. Kelly

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In dermatology, there are many bedside diagnostic tests that may aid in more rapid diagnosis and early initiation of appropriate therapy. When performed correctly, these bedside diagnostic tests can provide both sensitive and specific results. We discuss bedside diagnostic tests, such as the Tzanck smear, potassium hydroxide (KOH) preparation, and mineral oil preparation, with a specific focus on their use in diagnosing infectious dermatoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-709
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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