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CSD skin test

 

The cat scratch disease (CSD) skin test was once used to help diagnose CSD.

The test is no longer used today. There are better methods available to diagnose CSD, such as antibody detection by the EIA test or bacteria detection by a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.

 

References

Gandhi TN, Slater LN, Welch DF, Koehler JE. Bartonella, including cat-scratch disease. In: Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 236.

 
  • CSD skin test

    CSD skin test - illustration

    The CSD skin test determines whether or not a person has been infected with cat scratch disease. It is performed by injecting a CSD antigen under the skin with a needle. After 48 to 72 hours the site of injection is evaluated by a physician. If the test is positive the injection site will show evidence of a reaction.

    CSD skin test

    illustration

    • CSD skin test

      CSD skin test - illustration

      The CSD skin test determines whether or not a person has been infected with cat scratch disease. It is performed by injecting a CSD antigen under the skin with a needle. After 48 to 72 hours the site of injection is evaluated by a physician. If the test is positive the injection site will show evidence of a reaction.

      CSD skin test

      illustration

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          Review Date: 5/1/2015

          Reviewed By: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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