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November 1990

Sarcoptes scabiei in Histopathologic Sections of Skin in Human Scabies

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Ms Head and Drs Macdonald and Apisarnthanarax) and Microbiology (Drs Macdonald and Ewert), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(11):1475-1477. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670350089015

• The usual methods of diagnosis remove Sarcoptes scabiei from its habitat. Thus, one has no appreciation of the host-endoparasitic interaction, especially the pathologic response of the surrounding tissue and the means by which the mite survives and lives its life cycle in the skin. The biopsy specimen described in this article demonstrates the tissue reaction that can be correlated with clinical symptoms. It also clearly depicts the actual position, morphological features, and developmental cycle of the mite in the skin.

(Arch Dermatol. 1990;126:1475-1477)