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A Journal on Dermatology

Journal of Istituto Dermatologico San Gallicano
Official Journal of the Associazione Dermatologi Ospedalieri Italiani - A.D.O.I.
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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2014 March;16(1):3-8

language: English, Italian

A case of cheyletiellosis. When communication between dermatologists and veterinarians is essential

Calista D. 1, Giangaspero A. 2, Bulgarelli A. 3, Venturelli C. 4

1 Unità Operativa di Dermatologia, Ospedale “M. Bufalini”, Ausl Cesena;
2 Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, degli Alimenti e dell’Ambiente, Università di Foggia;
3 Veterinario, libero professionista, Cesena;
4 Dipartimento Sanità Pubblica, Ospedale “M. Bufalini”, Ausl Cesena


Species of Cheyletiella mites are parasites of dogs, cats and rabbits and may temporarily infest humans. We report the case of a 45-year-old woman who presented excoriated papules on the abdomen and extremities; the lesions were very itchy and were clinically diagnosed as unspecific arthropod bites. The patient reported that her dog had recently been treated for an infestation by Cheleytiella mites. The patient was treated with topical steroids and oral antihistamines, and her clinical symptoms regressed in 2 weeks. Diagnosis of cheleytiellosis is easy for veterinarians when a pet presents the typical signs of moderate itching and slight to massive floury squamation on its back, but it is often difficult for dermatologists to diagnose because of its rarity and the lack of specific clinical signs. This contribution highlights the importance of collaboration between dermatologists and veterinarians, increasingly called to work with greater awareness towards a “One Health” perspective. Entomologists hope that dermatologists understand the importance of considering the identification of various species of arthropods as part of the diagnostic process.

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