Skin inflammatory (nontumor)
Pediculosis (lice)

Topic Completed: 1 July 2011

Revised: 2 April 2019

Copyright: 2002-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Pediculosis[TI] lice[TIAB]

Mowafak Hamodat, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
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Cite this page: Hamodat M Pediculosis (lice). website. Accessed August 25th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Causes pruritis, enlarged local lymph nodes
  • Eggs are attached to hair shaft (nits)
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Life cycle of Pediculus humanus capitis

Case reports
Gross description
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Contributed by Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Male Pediculus humanus

P. h. capitis

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Differential diagnosis
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