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Cheyletiella Blakei Dermatitis

Author(s): Selma | Salime | Ahmet | Aydan | Suzan

Journal: Turkderm
ISSN 1019-214X

Volume: 45;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 213;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Cheyletiellosis | cheyletiella dermatitis | parasitosis

Cheyletiellosis (cheyletiella dermatitis) is a dermatitis caused by cheyletiella mites that are seen more commonly in cats, dogs and rabbits all over the world. Cheyletiella blakei, which is naturally hosted by cats, causes infestations in people, especially who are in close contact with infested cats. The diagnosis of cheyletiellosis in humans is established by the suspicion of physician or veterinarian and demonstration of the mites in cats. If not suspected, cheyletiellosis may be thought as delusions of parasitosis and may be undiagnosed. A 48-year-old woman presented to our clinic with red, pruritic papules on the chest, abdomen, arms and anterior thighs. There was no remission of the complaints of the patient after 3 days of topical corticosteroid treatment. Following more detailed examination and medical history, cheyletiellosis was suspected. The diagnosis was confirmed by a veterinary control of the cat that the women had started feeding at home about 15 days ago. Although cheyletiella dermatitis is not uncommon, most cases are undiagnosed because it is not a well-known dermatosis by dermatologists. As far as we know, there is no previously reported cheyletiella case in our country. (TurkĀ­derm 2011; 45: 213-5)
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