What is the role of conventional microscopy in the diagnosis of herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Conventional microscopy is routinely used to confirm infection by herpesviruses, though on occasion, PCR assay may then be used to demonstrate herpesvirus-specific DNA.


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