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November 1950

SIMPLE EFFICIENT METHOD OF EXAMINING SKIN SCRAPINGS FOR FUNGI

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WASHINGTON, D. C.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(5):709-711. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530180098026

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Abstract

Very often the diagnosis is made of "ringworm," "athlete's foot," dermatophytosis, etc., without the corroboration of a microscopic demonstration of the fungi assumed to be present. Conversely, many cases of fungous infection are undiagnosed because direct examinations are not made. This situation is attributable in part to the physician's inability or unwillingness to perform the requisite examination. Anything which makes this procedure more simple and convenient might induce more physicians to get into the habit of performing microscopic examinations for fungi. It is with this thought in mind that a simple modification of the usual technic is presented.

The usual method of doing a direct examination for fungi consists in swabbing the skin with alcohol, scraping the suspected lesion with a scalpel, catching the scales on a glass slide (or on paper, and then placing the scales on a slide), adding a drop or two of potassium hydroxide solution

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