What are the risks associated with crusted scabies?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Crusted scabies carries a higher mortality rate than the classic form of the disease, because of the frequency of secondary bacterial infections resulting in sepsis. Patients with crusted scabies often contribute to widespread infestation in long-term care facilities, and delays in diagnosis contribute to the spread. [33]


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