Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Skin: scraping

Contributor(s): Rosanna Marsella, Ian Mason, David Scarff, Catherine Fraser

Introduction

  • Essential diagnostic test in almost all cases of skin disease.

Uses

Parasite identification

Advantages

  • Cheap, effective diagnostic aid.

Disadvantages

  • Negative findings do not rule out the presence of mites.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Hazelrigg D E (1978) Scraping for scabies. Am Fam Physician 17 (1), 129 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Moriello K A and Mason I S (1995) Handbook of Small Animal Dermatology. Eds K A Moriello and I S Mason. 1st edition. Pergamon. pp 31-33. (Step by step procedure.)
  • Muller G H et al (1995) Muller and Kirk's Small Animal Dermatology. 5th edition. Philadelphia: W B Saunders. pp 94-98. (Detailed account with particular reference to techniques of scraping for different mites.)


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