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Oral ivermectin: a feasible alternative to topical therapy of genital scabies
  1. Cristian Fidanzi1,
  2. Agata Janowska1,
  3. Marco Romanelli1,
  4. Angelo Massimiliano D’Erme2,
  5. Giovanni Bagnoni2,
  6. Valentina Dini1
  1. 1 Unit of Dermatology, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  2. 2 Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit AVNO (Area Vasta Nord Ovest) and Unit of Dermatology, Livorno Hospital, Livorno, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Cristian Fidanzi, Unit of Dermatology, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy; cri.fidanzi{at}

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We report the case of a 68-year-old man suffering only from hypertension who presented with a 1-month history of severe itching of the genital and inguinal area. On physical examination, there were erythematous and excoriated patches on the pubic region and groins due to scratching, and intensely itchy erythematous nodules on the penis and scrotum. Dermoscopy documented track-like burrows on the nodules, consistent with Sarcoptes scabiei infestation. We …

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Contributors Study conception and design: CF, VD. Data analysis: CF, MR, AJ. Literature review/study results interpretation: CF, AJ, GB. Final manuscript draft/editing: CF, VD.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.