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July 7, 1975

Scabies Masquerading as Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Author Affiliations

From the departments of dermatology (Drs. Ackerman and Stillman) and pathology (Dr. Ackerman), New York University School of Medicine, New York, and the Department of Dermatology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Coral Gables, Fla (Dr. Stewart).

JAMA. 1975;233(1):53-54. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260010055023

Scabies can be easily mistaken for dermatitis herpetiformis because the two conditions have features in common, namely, pruritic papules, vesicles, and crusted erosions in the sacral and gluteal regions. In five patients with scabies who were initially judged clinically to have dermatitis herpetiformis, histological examination was decisive in the eventual correct diagnosis.

(JAMA 233:53-54, 1975)