The Tzanck Smear: Old, but Still of Inestimable Value

@article{Oranje1988TheTS,
  title={The Tzanck Smear: Old, but Still of Inestimable Value},
  author={Arnold P. Oranje and E. Folkers},
  journal={Pediatric Dermatology},
  year={1988},
  volume={5}
}
Abstract: The Tzanck smear, introduced by the Frenchman Tzanck, has been used for many years in the diagnosis of bullous and vesicular dermatoses especially herpes simplex, herpes zoster and varicella. Also, in the vesicular dermatoses of newborns and immunocompromised patients it is an important diagnostic aid. The Tzanck smear is easy to perform, simple, reliable (if one is experienced) and inexpensive. A quick staining can be done hy Hemacolor or Diff‐Quik within one minute. The Tzanck smear… Expand
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The Tzanck smear is used in the diagnosis of herpes simplex, zoster, and varicella infections and some of the advantages and pitfalls will be pointed out. Expand
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