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F048 - Beyond the Tzanck: Bedside Diagnostics for Dermatologists

Saturday, February 17; 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Describe appropriate bedside diagnostic tests for the dermatologist
  • Diagnose dermatologic conditions using bedside diagnostics
  • Select the appropriate bedside test and diagnosis in case-based examples


The use of simple and rapid bedside diagnostic tests by dermatologists can yield quick diagnoses and reduce healthcare costs, improving patient care. These techniques are immensely valuable in resource-limited settings, on the inpatient wards, and in the dermatology office. This session is designed for dermatologists and dermatology residents working in multiple settings to increase the repertoire of bedside diagnostic tests for diagnosis of infectious (including bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic) and non-infectious diseases. Appropriate technique will be demonstrated, and images will be provided to help guide learners. Audience response will be in this case-based presentation. This activity has been approved by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) for up to 20 MOC Component 2 Self-Assessment points. For more information about MOC, please visit the ABD website at www.abderm.org.


  • Dominguez, Arturo R, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Micheletti, Robert, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Wanat, Karolyn, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Saturday, February 17
9:00 AM
Dr. Dominguez / Brief introduction to session, importance, and structure
9:05 AM
Dr. Wanat / Tzanck introduction and select virus cases
9:15 AM
Dr. Dominguez / Gram stain, slit smear, and select bacterial cases
9:40 AM
Dr. Wanat / KOH/Chlorazol and select fungal cases
10:00 AM
Dr. Micheletti / More fungal cases and mineral oil, skin snip and parasites
10:30 AM
Dr. Micheletti / Logistics, Other cases, Conclusion, Questions, Wrap-up
Event Details
  • Date
    Saturday, February 17
  • Time
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location
    Room 8
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Arturo R Dominguez, MD, FAAD - Handout