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Crusted scabies in an elderly woman


Crusted scabies is a highly contagious variant of classic scabies. Affected individuals are often elderly or immunocompromised and disease is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Herein, we report an elderly woman residing in an assisted living facility who presented with diffuse sand-on-skin scale on her trunk, proximal extremities, scalp, hands, and feet. She was diagnosed with crusted scabies, isolated from other patients, and subsequently treated with permethrin 5% lotion and ivermectin. She died two weeks after initial presentation owing to sepsis.

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