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Tzanck Test Smear And Microscopy Infected Smear


Tzanck Test Smear And Microscopy Infected Smear

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What is this test?

Tzanck test, also Tzanck smear, is scraping of an ulcer base to look for Tzanck cells. It is sometimes also called the chickenpox skin test and the herpes skin test. To diagnose infections caused by herpes viruses, including herpes simplex (which causes fever blisters, cold sores, and genital sores) and varicella-zoster virus (responsible for chickenpox and shingles). A positive result only indicates the presence of herpes simplex (which causes fever blisters) or herpes zoster which causes chickenpox and shingles, but does not distinguish between the two.

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No special preparation is needed for Tzanck Test Smear And Microscopy Infected Smear. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Tzanck Test Smear And Microscopy Infected Smear. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

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