Skin lesion gram stain
There are no risks related to the laboratory test. For information on risks related to the removal of a skin sample, see skin lesion biopsy.
A skin or mucosal culture may be done along with this test. Other studies are often done on a skin sample to determine if cancer is present.
Viral skin lesions, like herpes simplex, are examined by other tests or a viral culture.
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