They identified 22 female and 13 male county residents with a firm diagnosis of delusional infestation, also known as delusional parasitosis
. This disorder is marked by a patient's fixed false belief that they are infested with insects, worms, or other pathogens.
is a rare disorder that is defined by an individual having a fixed, false belief that he or she is being infected or grossly invaded by a living organism.
Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, "the signs and symptoms of Morgellons are very similar to those of a mental illness involving false beliefs about infestation by parasites (delusional parasitosis
)." There are about 50,000 sufferers of the illness registered at the CDC, as per the 2006-2015 statistics by (http://www.morgellons-research.org/morgellons/morgellons-statistic.htm) Morgellonsreseach.com.
In delusional parasitosis
, patients have the false belief that their bodies are infested by organisms and such patients often present with bits of excoriated skin, insect parts, or debris to support their argument (1).
Psychiatric diseases have a lot of cutaneous expression, like in neurodermatoses such as lichen simplex chronicus, prurigo nodularis, dermatitis artefacta, delusional parasitosis
and psychogenic pruritus.
affects both sexes equally below the age of 507 and is associated with schizophrenia,10 paranoid states, bipolar disorders, depression, anxiety disorders and obsessional states.2 In our study, delusional parasitosis
was seen in female schizophrenic patients and this is comparable to the study conducted by Kuruvila et al.9 in India.
Ekbom syndrome, popularly known as delusional parasitosis
(1) has been fully clinically described by the Swedish neurologist Karl A.
One example of a shared delusion is delusional parasitosis
. This is a rare delusional disorder where the patient is convinced of being infested with worms, insects, parasites, or bacteria while no objective evidence exists to support this belief.
Define delusional parasitosis
(DP), its pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, and epidemiology.
When allergogoly meets psychiatry: a delusional parasitosis
When other causes of infectious dysesthesias --such as scabies, cercarial dermatitis, and cutaneous larva migrans--are excluded by physical examination or skin biopsy, and no treatable dermatoses are diagnosed, this condition is called delusional infestation, formerly delusional parasitosis
. The objectives of this review are to present a representative series of cases of delusional infestations and to recommend effective management strategies.
Primary delusional parasitosis
treated with olanzapine.