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What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Physical exam

Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral illness, usually occurring in childhood.
It is diagnosed by physical exam, not by laboratory studies. Here is a link to the centers for disease control article about the disease. http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html.

In brief: Physical exam

Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral illness, usually occurring in childhood.
It is diagnosed by physical exam, not by laboratory studies. Here is a link to the centers for disease control article about the disease. http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html.
Dr. Mark Patterson
Dr. Mark Patterson
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rarely done

This is a pattern illness that is usually labeled based on clinical findings (exam+history).
A variety of tests done at research hospitals has identified the 3 strains of enterovirus involved, but the cost and invasive nature of such tests make them unsuitable for everyday use. No kid wants his blood drawn & poop collected to verify a self healing illness.

In brief: Rarely done

This is a pattern illness that is usually labeled based on clinical findings (exam+history).
A variety of tests done at research hospitals has identified the 3 strains of enterovirus involved, but the cost and invasive nature of such tests make them unsuitable for everyday use. No kid wants his blood drawn & poop collected to verify a self healing illness.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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