Viability of the head louse eggs in pediculosis capitis. A dermoscopy study.

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The dermoscope without fluid may be useful to establish the viability of a head louse colony by differentiating viable head louse eggs from aborted eggs and from hatched empty nits, irrespective of their distance from the scalp. A nit, the metabolism of which stopped spontaneously or as a consequence of treatment, is characterized by a longitudinal or roundish depression of its wall -abortive dimple-.

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