What is the presentation of nodular scabies?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Nodules occur in 7-10% of patients with scabies, particularly young children. In neonates unable to scratch, pinkish brown nodules ranging in size from 2-20 mm in diameter may develop, as demonstrated in the images below. Mites are rarely found within the nodules.

Nodular scabies. Courtesy of Kenneth E. Greer, MD. Nodular scabies. Courtesy of Kenneth E. Greer, MD.
Nodular scabies in an infant. Courtesy of Kenneth Nodular scabies in an infant. Courtesy of Kenneth E. Greer, MD.

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