Microbiology & parasitology

Parasites-cutaneous / subcutaneous / soft tissue

Pediculosis (lice)

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Minor changes: 18 January 2021

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PubMed Search: Pediculosis[TI] lice[TIAB]

Mowafak Hamodat, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
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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

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Gross description
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Contributed by Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Male Pediculus humanus

P. h. capitis

Differential diagnosis
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