Norwegian scabies in Australian Aborigines

Med J Aust. 1985 Jan 21;142(2):140-2.


Norwegian scabies is a rare, but distinctive, variant of scabies. The infestation by the parasite is massive, and the lesions consist of hyperkeratotic plaques affecting the skin of the whole body. Predisposition to this form of scabies occurs in association with a variety of conditions. Three cases of Norwegian scabies, which occurred in full-blood Australian Aborigines, and were managed in the Royal Darwin Hospital, are reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Norway
  • Sarcoptes scabiei
  • Scabies / diagnosis*
  • Scabies / etiology