Tick bites

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Description This chapter describes the dermoscopy of tick bites
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Dermoscopy has been reported to highlight the presence of tick infestation by enabling the visualization of their anterior legs protruding from the surface of the skin, while a brown to grey translucent ‘shield’ with pigmented streaks corresponds to the tick’s body (Fig 9d). Following the removal of the tick, detection of brown to black to grey areas of pigmentation by dermoscopy indicates incomplete removal.[1][2]

  1. Oiso et al.: Diagnostic effectiveness of dermoscopy for tick bite. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2010;24:231-2. PMID: 19686261. DOI.
  2. Matsuda et al.: Dermoscopy for tick bite: reconfirmation of the usefulness for the initial diagnosis. Case Rep Dermatol 2011;3:94-7. PMID: 21577370. DOI.