Microbiology, parasitology & COVID-19

Parasites-cutaneous / subcutaneous / soft tissue

Cimex lectularius (bed bug)

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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Cimex lectularius is the common human bed bug
  • Cimex hemipterus is found primarily in tropical regions
Gross description
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Contributed by Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs: Cimex lectularius

Bed bugs: Cimex lectularius

Bed bug: setae shorter than width of eye

Bat / bird bed bug: prominent long setae

Differential diagnosis
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