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Detection of living Sarcoptes scabiei larvae by reflectance mode confocal microscopy in the skin of a patient with crusted scabies
Author(s): Assi Levi; Arieh Ingber; Claes D. Enk; Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu

Paper Abstract

Scabies is an intensely pruritic disorder induced by a delayed type hypersensitivity reaction to infestation of the skin by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The diagnosis of scabies is established clinically and confirmed by identifying mites or eggs by microscopic examination of scrapings from the skin or by surface microscopy using a dermatoscope. Reflectance-mode confocal microscopy is a novel technique used for noninvasive imaging of skin structures and lesions at a resolution compatible to that of conventional histology. Recently, the technique was employed for the confirmation of the clinical diagnosis of scabies. We demonstrate the first ever documentation of a larva moving freely inside the skin of a patient infected with scabies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2012
PDF: 3 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 17(6) 060503 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.17.6.060503
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 17, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Assi Levi, Hebrew Univ. Medical School (Israel)
Arieh Ingber, Hebrew Univ. Medical School (Israel)
Claes D. Enk, Hebrew Univ. Medical School (Israel)
Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu, Hebrew Univ. Medical School (Israel)

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