How is the adhesive tape test used in the workup of scabies?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Strips of tape are applied to areas suspected of being burrows and then rapidly pulled off. These are then applied to microscope slides and examined. The adhesive tape test is easy to perform and had high positive and negative predictive values, making it a good screening test. The sensitivity of skin scraping was judged to be low.


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