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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2016 May-Jun;54(3):397-400.

[Crusted scabies in HIV/AIDS infected patients. Report of 15 cases].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Departamento de Dermatología, Hospital General de Zona 29, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Ciudad de México, México.


in English, Spanish


Crusted (Norwegian) scabies is a rare disease that occurs in patients with compromised immune system like patients with HIV/AIDS. We report 15 cases of crusted scabies in patients with HIV/AIDS successfully treated with oral ivermectin.


The mean age of the patients was 43.7±8.06 and the diagnosis was made at a median of 5 months. All patients were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS treatment with antiretroviral therapy. Patients were treated with repeated doses of oral ivermectin with different schemes with good tolerance and efficacy with full resolution and without recurrence.


Ivermectin is the treatment of choice for crusted scabies; it is tolerable and accessible to the patient. Immunosuppressed patients are those with the highest risk of acquiring that disease; we highlight the importance of lesion scraping to perform a correct and early diagnosis.


Ivermectin; Scabies; Treatment

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