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Recognizing common parasitic infestations

Truscott, Judy PA-C; Abebe, Alyssa PA-C; Donkers, Kelly PA-C; Segers, Daria PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: May 2017 - Volume 30 - Issue 5 - p 1–6
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000515550.61237.16
Review Article

ABSTRACT Parasitic infestations commonly are seen in patients in primary care, urgent care, and EDs. These infestations are a common cause of pruritus and may lead to secondary infestations. This article reviews the signs and symptoms of pinworms, lice, bedbug, and scabies infestations, as well as diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Judy Truscott is program director and an assistant professor in the PA program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Alyssa Abebe is an assistant professor at Chatham University and practices at an HIV research clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. Kelly Donkers is academic coordinator and an assistant professor in the PA program at Chatham University. Daria Segers is a senior PA with the University of Pittsburgh Physicians. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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