Skin lesion KOH exam
The skin lesion KOH exam is a test to diagnose a
Potassium hydroxide examination of skin lesion
How the Test is Performed
Your health care provider scrapes the problem area of your skin using a needle or scalpel blade. The scrapings from the skin are placed on a microscope slide. Liquid containing the chemical
How to Prepare for the Test
There is no special preparation for the test.
How the Test will Feel
You may feel a scratching sensation when the provider scrapes your skin.
Why the Test is Performed
This test is done to diagnose a fungal infection of the skin.
No fungus is present.
What Abnormal Results Mean
Fungus is present. The fungus may be related to
If the results are uncertain, a
There is a small risk of bleeding or infection from scraping the skin.
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Fitzpatrick JE, High WA, Kyle WL. Diagnostic techniques. In: Fitzpatrick JE, High WA, Kyle WL, eds. Urgent Care Dermatology: Symptom-Based Diagnosis. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 2.
Review Date: 06/07/2023
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