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U019 - What to do When Patch Testing is Negative

Friday, February 16; 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of patch testing in the diagnosis allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Identify skin diseases that can mimic allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Prescribe appropriate treatments for patch test negative dermatitis.


Patch testing is the diagnostic test for allergic contact dermatitis. Occasionally, patients suspected of allergic contact dermatitis will have negative patch testing. Care of these patients can provide a clinical challenge for dermatologists. This session will review the role of patch testing in the diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis, discuss skin diseases that mimic allergic contact dermatitis, and provide tips for management of patch test negative dermatitis.


  • Reeder, Margo, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Sheehan, Michael P., MD: Celgene – SP(H);
Event Details
  • Date
    Friday, February 16
  • Time
    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Location
    Room 30B
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Michael P. Sheehan, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Margo Reeder, MD, FAAD