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Pediatr Dermatol. 2012 Jul-Aug;29(4):544-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2012.01745.x. Epub 2012 Apr 4.

The curette prep: a modification of the traditional scabies preparation.

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Dermatology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43221, USA.


An accurate diagnosis of scabies is critical for proper treatment of this common infestation. In our clinic, we have developed a modification of the traditional method of performing a scabies preparation, called the curette prep, that substitutes a disposable curette for a scalpel blade when obtaining skin scrapings for examination. The major advantages of this technique are greater acceptability and safety for pediatric patients.

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