Crusted Scabies: A Clinical Review
March 2006 | Volume 5 | Issue 3 | Original Article | 221 | Copyright © March 2006
Daniel Navi BS, John Koo MD
Crusted scabies, a rare variant of classical scabies, is a highly contagious condition in which the skin is infected with
thousands to millions of mites. It can be defined as a generalized severe scabies infestation usually affecting immunocompromised
patients. The diagnosis is becoming more relevant with the increasing use of immunosuppressive medications and the
HIV epidemic. To date, more than 200 cases have been reported in the literature. We present a review of the pathogenesis,
clinical manifestations, diagnostic considerations, and therapeutic options.