Crusted scabies pathology
Crusted scabies (otherwise known as Norwegian scabies) is an uncommon, highly contagious infestation that affects patients with a weakened immune system. The infestation presents with hyperkeratotic plaques with yellowish crusts located on the limbs, trunk, ears and eyebrows.
Histology of crusted scabies
In crusted scabies, there are numerous mites within the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is markedly thickened and there is epidermal acanthosis (figures 1, 2).
Special studies for crusted scabies
None are generally needed.
Differential diagnosis of crusted scabies
Compared with conventional scabies, the mites are far more numerous and associated with hyperkeratosis.