How can head lice be found in the exam for pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation)?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Head lice can move rapidly, up to 23 cm/min. [6] A helpful technique is to fasten a piece of transparent adhesive tape to the infested areas. Lice stick to the tape, which then becomes a convenient coverslip for a microscopic slide.


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