Comparison of diagnostic methods in the diagnosis of dermatomycoses and onychomycoses.

@article{Panasiti2006ComparisonOD,
  title={Comparison of diagnostic methods in the diagnosis of dermatomycoses and onychomycoses.},
  author={Vincenzo Panasiti and Riccardo G Borroni and Valeria Devirgiliis and Maria Izabel D. Rossi and L Fabbrizio and Raffaele Masciangelo and Ugo Bottoni and Stefano S Calvieri},
  journal={Mycoses},
  year={2006},
  volume={49 1},
  pages={
          26-9
        }
}
Direct microscopic examination of potassium hydroxide (KOH)-prepared specimens is the simplest, cheapest method used for the diagnosis of mycotic infections of the skin. However, KOH preparations have been reported to have 5-15% of false-negative results, possibly because of the low visibility of scant, scattered fungal material of the nail scrapings and because the detection of fungal elements depends on the skill of the observer [Arch Dermatol133 (1997) 1317; Clin Microbiol Rev8 (1995) 240… CONTINUE READING
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