Comparison of the Tzanck test and polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis of cutaneous herpes simplex and varicella zoster virus infections.

@article{Ozcan2007ComparisonOT,
  title={Comparison of the Tzanck test and polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis of cutaneous herpes simplex and varicella zoster virus infections.},
  author={A. Cemal Ozcan and Mustafa Senol and Hulya Saglam and Muammer Seyhan and Riza Durmaz and Elif Aktaş and Ibrahim Halil Ozerol},
  journal={International journal of dermatology},
  year={2007},
  volume={46 11},
  pages={1177-9}
}
BACKGROUND Although the diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) and varicella zoster virus (VZV) infections is usually made clinically, the Tzanck test, electron microscopy, viral culture, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and serologic tests can be utilized to verify the diagnosis. METHODS We conducted a study on a total of 98 patients (77 patients with recurrent herpes simplex and 21 patients with herpes zoster) to evaluate the reliability and reproducibility of the Tzanck test in comparison… CONTINUE READING