1. Pilot study: optical coherence tomography as a non-invasive diagnostic perspective for real time visualisation of onychomycosis

    Pilot study: optical coherence tomography as a non-invasive diagnostic perspective for real time visualisation of onychomycosis
    The objective of this study was to compare optical coherence tomography (OCT) with conventional techniques such as KOH-preparation, culture and histology in the identification of the fungal elements in the nail. A total of 18 patients were examined; 10 with clinically evident onychomycosis in toe nails, two with psoriatic nail lesions, one with nail affection caused by lichen planus and five healthy controls. Serial in vivo OCT analyses of onychomycosis was performed prior to KOH-preparation, culture and punch biopsy of the nail plate for consecutive histology. Fungal elements were detected non-invasively in vivo using OCT in all 10 patients with ...
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