Novel Diagnostics for Kaposi Sarcoma and Other Skin Diseases in Resource-Limited Settings

Devon E. McMahon, Linda Oyesiku, Aggrey Semeere, Dongkyun Kang, Esther E. Freeman

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In resource-limited settings, point-of-care diagnostic devices have the potential to reduce diagnostic delays and improve epidemiologic surveillance of dermatologic conditions. We outline novel-point-of care diagnostics that have recently been developed for dermatologic conditions that primarily affect patients living in resource-limited settings, namely, Kaposi sarcoma, cutaneous leishmaniasis, leprosy, Buruli ulcer, yaws, onchocerciasis, and lymphatic filariasis. All of the technologies described in this article are prototypes, and some have undergone field testing. These devices still require validation in real-world settings and effective pricing to have a major impact on dermatologic care in resource-limited settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Buruli ulcer
  • Cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Dermatology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Kaposi sarcoma
  • Leprosy
  • Onchocerciasis
  • Point of care
  • Yaws

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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