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CSD skin test

CSD skin test

Overview

The CSD skin test determines whether or not a person has been infected with cat scratch disease. It is performed by injecting a CSD antigen under the skin with a needle. After 48 to 72 hours the site of injection is evaluated by a physician. If the test is positive the injection site will show evidence of a reaction.

Review Date 5/18/2017

Updated by: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.