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The Curette Prep: A Modification of the Traditional Scabies Preparation


Address correspondence to: Stephanie K. Jacks, M.D., 2012 Kenny Road, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43221, USA or e-mail:


Abstract:  An accurate diagnosis of scabies is critical for proper treatment of this common infestation. In our clinic, we have developed a modification of the traditional method of performing a scabies preparation, called the curette prep, that substitutes a disposable curette for a scalpel blade when obtaining skin scrapings for examination. The major advantages of this technique are greater acceptability and safety for pediatric patients.