An Itchy Problem: A Clinical Case of Crusted Scabies

  • António Araújo Ferreira Serviço de Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE
  • Alexandra Esteves Serviço de Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE
  • Yolanda Mahia Serviço de Anatomia Patológica, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE
  • Aristóteles Rosmaninho Serviço de Dermato-Venereologia, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE
  • Augusta Silva Serviço de Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE

Keywords

Crusted Scabies, Pruritus, Contagious diseases

Abstract

Scabies is an infestation of the skin by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. A more severe form called crusted or Norwegian scabies may occur in immunosuppressed patients and the elderly. Crusted scabies mostly differs from normal scabies by the exuberance of its lesions, body distribution and high contagiousness, and requires different and more prolonged treatment. Early recognition of the lesions and isolation precautions are crucial for disease control and prevention of transmission. The authors describe a clinical case of crusted scabies with pruritus and exuberant cutaneous lesions.

Author Biographies

António Araújo Ferreira ,
Serviço de Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE

Rank: Internal Medicine Resident

Alexandra Esteves ,
Serviço de Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE

Rank: Internal Medicine Resident

Yolanda Mahia ,
Serviço de Anatomia Patológica, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE

Rank: Anatomical Pathology Specialist

Aristóteles Rosmaninho ,
Serviço de Dermato-Venereologia, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE

Rank: Dermatology Specialist

Augusta Silva ,
Serviço de Medicina 1, Unidade Local de Saúde do Alto Minho, EPE

Rank: Internal Medicine Specialist

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  • Published: 2017-06-29

    Issue: Vol. 4 No. 5 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    1.
    Ferreira AA, Esteves A, Mahia Y, Rosmaninho A, Silva A. An Itchy Problem: A Clinical Case of Crusted Scabies. EJCRIM 2017;4 doi:10.12890/2017_000591.

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