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A potassium hydroxide (KOH) test is done to determine whether a fungus is causing a skin infection. Samples from an infected area are treated with KOH, which dissolves skin cells and leaves behind fungus cells (if any are present) that can been seen with a microscope.
The KOH test may be used to diagnose fungal infections, such as thrush, tinea versicolor, and ringworm.
Last Revised: November 3, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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