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"Study Highlights Potential Advantages of Tape Strips Over Biopsy" - Ted Bosworth

  • MDedge
  • New York, NY
  • (July 15, 2020)

Collecting cells from the skin surface with adhesive tape strips is demonstrating a level of accuracy that is rivaling skin biopsies for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, promising a minimally invasive approach for monitoring these and potentially other dermatologic diseases, according to the latest advances with this approach.

“Tape strips are not going to fully replace biopsies, but we think they will have an important role in diagnosing and monitoring response to therapy by avoiding the potential scarring and pain of biopsy,” reported Emma Guttman-Yasky, MD, PhD, professor of dermatology and director of the laboratory inflammatory skin diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.

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