Office practice-based confirmation of onychomycosis: a US nationwide prospective survey.

@article{Elewski2002OfficePC,
  title={Office practice-based confirmation of onychomycosis: a US nationwide prospective survey.},
  author={B E Elewski and James L. Leyden and Michael G. Rinaldi and Ercem Atillasoy},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={162 18},
  pages={2133-8}
}
BACKGROUND Onychomycosis is sufficiently prevalent to be seen and treated by primary care physicians. The diagnosis of onychomycosis is most often confirmed from nail specimens by microscopy and fungal culture done at a central laboratory; these are relatively expensive tests with a turnaround time of a month or more. This study was conducted (1) to evaluate the use of in-office dermatophyte test medium (DTM) culture, and (2) to determine the epidemiology of onychomycosis in a large, nationwide… CONTINUE READING

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