Polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis of onychomycosis: a large, single-institute study.

@article{Litz2010PolymeraseCR,
  title={Polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis of onychomycosis: a large, single-institute study.},
  author={Craig E. Litz and Robert Cavagnolo},
  journal={The British journal of dermatology},
  year={2010},
  volume={163 3},
  pages={511-4}
}
BACKGROUND Tests commonly used in the diagnosis of onychomycosis include potassium hydroxide (KOH) preparation, histopathological examination with periodic acid-Schiff stain (PAS) and culture. These tests are either time-consuming or require specially trained personnel. A recently developed polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay has the potential to provide a quick, inexpensive, operator-independent diagnosis of onychomycosis. OBJECTIVE To determine the range of fungal species detected by the… CONTINUE READING