What is the role of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the workup of pediatric chickenpox?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) examination of skin scrapings is quick and sensitive. This test is replacing other methods as the equipment becomes more widely available.

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