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Bedside diagnostics in dermatology: Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. J Am Acad Dermatol 2017 Aug;77(2):197-218 PMID: 28711082

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Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections are frequently encountered in clinical practice, resulting in numerous cutaneous manifestations. Although diagnosis of these infections has changed over time because of technological advancements, such as polymerase chain reaction, bedside diagnostic techniques still play an important role in diagnosis and management, enabling rapid and low-cost diagnosis and implementation of appropriate therapies. This 2-part article will review both common and infrequent uses of bedside diagnostic techniques that dermatologists can incorporate into daily practice. This article examines the utility of bedside tests for the diagnosis of viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. The second article in this series reviews the use of bedside diagnostics for parasitic and noninfectious disorders.

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Wanat KA, Dominguez AR, Carter Z, Legua P, Bustamante B, Micheletti RG


Karolyn A. Wanat MD Associate Professor in the Dermatology department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Bacteriological Techniques
Point-of-Care Testing
Skin Diseases, Bacterial
Skin Diseases, Viral
Staining and Labeling
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