What is the role of biopsy in the workup of pitted keratolysis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Linda J Fromm, MD, MA, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Skin biopsies are not performed routinely because the diagnosis of pitted keratolysis can be made easily by means of visual examination and recognition of the characteristic odor. Wood lamp examination is of limited use because results are inconsistent. [35, 36]


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