What is the role of Tzanck Smear in the workup for chickenpox (varicella)?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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A Tzanck smear of vesicular fluid, which can be prepared in an office setting, demonstrates multinucleated giant cells and epithelial cells with eosinophilic intranuclear inclusion bodies. [19]

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