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Accurate diagnostic method for web space infectious dermatitis

Accurate diagnostic method for web space infectious dermatitis

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A new web space PCR test can be used as the first line diagnostic option for patients with superficial web space dermatitis to diagnose or rule out infectious etiologies.

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While interdigital infectious dermatitis may be due to a variety of organisms that cause similar presentations, we know their treatment differs.

Differential diagnosis for interdigital dermatitis may include Corynebacterium minutissimum in erythrasma, tinea pedis, candidal intertrigo and/or primary or secondary bacterial infections, especially Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The differential diagnosis of web space dermatitis would also include non-infectious etiologies such as web space eczema or psoriasis.

A highly sensitive and highly specific PCR test developed by Bako Diagnostics can identify the exact infectious agents involved in web space dermatitis. The simple skin scrape test is performed in-office, providing podiatric clinicians with ease of use, rapid results and the most accurate diagnostic method available – allowing for optimal patient satisfaction.

The BakoDx Web Space PCR assay identifies fungal and/or bacterial causative agents within the web space keratin, when present, resulting in the clinically identified dermatitis.

  • Dermatophytes
  • Candida spp
  • Corynebacterium minutissimum
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Staphylococcus aureus*

*If positive, reflex test is performed for the mecA gene of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

When compared to conventional diagnostic methods, the BakoDx Web Space panel has the highest accuracy available. Results are available within 1-2 days, giving clinicians the advantage of rapid, targeted patient treatment plans. The comprehensive molecular analysis report provides a clear and detailed explanation of the test results and therapeutic options with literary references.

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