E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
Comparison of Two Combs in the Detection of Head Lice in School Children
1 Acıbadem Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıbbi Mikrobiyoloji Ana Bilim Dalı, Acıbadem Labmed Klinik Laboratuvarları Mikrobiyoloji Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye  
2 Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Manisa  
3 Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü Zooloji Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye  
4 Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, Manisa, Türkiye  
5 Celal Bayar University, School of Medicine Department of Dermatology, Manisa, Türkiye  
6 Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Manisa, Türkiye  
7 Nurlupınar Medical Center, Manisa  
8 Ege University Medical School, Department of Parasitology, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey  
9 KSL Consulting, Helsinge, Denmark  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2009; 33: 50-53

Key Words: Pediculus capitis, diagnosis, combing, Manisa
Abstract

The diagnostic efficacies of two metal pin lice combs having different spacing between their teeth were compared in two cohorts of school children, aged between 7 and 15 years, from different villages of Manisa, Turkey. Head lice infestation was evaluated with comb A (0.18 mm of distance between the teeth) in 95 children in Cavusoglu village, and with comb B (0.15 mm of distance between the teeth) in 146 children in Yesilköy village, compared to visual inspection. Five of 95 (5.3%) children in Cavusoglu village and 5 of 146 (3.4%) children in Yesilköy village were found to harbor live head lice with combing, while none was detected during the visual inspection. The difference between the infestation rates of two cohorts was statistically insignificant (p>0.05). With visual screening, 15 and 16 children with louse eggs were identified in Cavusoglu and Yesilköy villages, respectively. With combing in these villages, 5 and 8 children, respectively, with louse eggs were identified and 3 and 5 children, respectively, were detected only with combing, not with visual screening. In conclusion, combing is more effective than visual inspection in head lice detection, but there were no significant difference between the two combs either in lice detection or in usage. 

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