Trapped in keratin; a comparison of dermatophyte detection in nail, skin and hair samples directly from clinical samples using culture and real-time PCR.


Traditionally, laboratory detection and identification of dermatophytes consists of culture and microscopy which yields results within approximately 2-6 weeks. In 2007 our medical microbiological diagnostic laboratory implemented a molecular method for the detection of dermatophytes. A real-time PCR assay was developed which simultaneously detects and… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2011.01.023