Crusted scabies is an infrequent disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei that usually affects patients with underlying medical conditions leading to immunosuppression. Here, we present the case of an 81 years old man, diagnosed with crusted scabies who came to our attention after multiple misdiagnosis and incorrect and potentially detrimental treatment with steroids. He was admitted to our inpatients ward and treated with oral ivermectin plus local permethrin. The hospitalization was complicated by a secondary bacterial skin infection caused by methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Crusted scabies is commonly misdiagnosed in elderly and immunosuppressed people due to its unusual occurrence and atypical clinical presentation. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of skin lesions associated with pruritus in patients with underling medical conditions leading to immunosuppression. A prompt diagnosis and treatment are warranted due to the potential secondary infections and subsequent related morbidity and mortality.

A case of crusted scabies with a delayed diagnosis and inadequate therapy / C. Bonazzetti, G. Pagani, A. Giacomelli, V. Morena, C. Bassoli, M. Corbellino, G. Bestetti, L. Galimberti, R. Grande, S. Antinori. - In: LE INFEZIONI IN MEDICINA. - ISSN 1124-9390. - 28:3(2020), pp. 436-440.

A case of crusted scabies with a delayed diagnosis and inadequate therapy

C. Bonazzetti
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G. Pagani;A. Giacomelli;V. Morena;C. Bassoli;S. Antinori
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2020

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Crusted scabies is an infrequent disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei that usually affects patients with underlying medical conditions leading to immunosuppression. Here, we present the case of an 81 years old man, diagnosed with crusted scabies who came to our attention after multiple misdiagnosis and incorrect and potentially detrimental treatment with steroids. He was admitted to our inpatients ward and treated with oral ivermectin plus local permethrin. The hospitalization was complicated by a secondary bacterial skin infection caused by methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Crusted scabies is commonly misdiagnosed in elderly and immunosuppressed people due to its unusual occurrence and atypical clinical presentation. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of skin lesions associated with pruritus in patients with underling medical conditions leading to immunosuppression. A prompt diagnosis and treatment are warranted due to the potential secondary infections and subsequent related morbidity and mortality.
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