Pitfalls in Patch Testing: Minimizing the Risk of Avoidable False-Negative Reactions

Solveig Ophaug, Kathryn Schwarzenberger

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Abstract

Patch testing is the gold-standard diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis; unfortunately, it is a procedure with potential for errors, including false-negative reactions. Some of the factors responsible for this are likely unavoidable; however, others may potentially lie within the control of the user. Knowledge and management of these controllable factors may improve the outcome of patch testing and minimize the incidence of false-negative patch test results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • False-negative
  • Patch testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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