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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 104018, 4 pages
Research Article

A Retrospective Study of Ectoparasitosis in Patients Referred to Imam Reza Hospital of Mashhad, Iran

Department of Parasitology and Mycology, Medical Faculty of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad 917794-8564, Iran

Received 10 February 2014; Revised 6 April 2014; Accepted 6 April 2014; Published 22 April 2014

Academic Editor: Fabio Ribeiro Braga

Copyright © 2014 Fariba Berenji et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This cross-sectional study was performed on all patients suspected to be suffering from ectoparasites who were referred to the parasitology laboratory of Imam Reza Hospital of Mashhad during 15 years (April 1995 to April 2010). All patients’ data were collected from the questionnaires and then analyzed statistically. From 1814 suspected patients to be suffering from ectoparasites, 375 patients had scabies and, 99 suffer from pediculosis. The mean age of patients was . The most common age of scabies was 10–19 (27/7%) and pediculosis 0–9(9/6%) ( value = 0.00). The highest incidence of pediculosis was in women (3.6%) and scabies in men (13.7%) ( value = 0.00). Pediculosis is more common in children (9/9%) and scabies in workers (32%)( value = 0.00). Scabies and pediculosis were more prevalent in patients from Razavi Khorasan Province with 18.7% and 5%, respectively ( value = 0.08).