What is the role of squash preparation in the diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Squash preparation is microscopic examination of cellular exudate. The cellular material contained within the central umbilication may be extracted manually, flattened between 2 microscope slides, and stained. Microscopic examination of this preparation reveals the Henderson-Paterson bodies.


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