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April 11, 2011

Testing a TestCritical Appraisal of Tests for Diagnosing Scabies

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine, John Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Albrecht); and Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Bigby).

Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(4):494-497. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.59

Anyone who has ever tried to scrape the foot of a crying and kicking infant will welcome the possibility of using simple packing tape instead of a scalpel to find mites. Given the problem of trying to find mites, eggs, or scybala, especially in children, many practitioners diagnose scabies clinically1,2 and treat even if neither mite nor products can be found.

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