J Am Acad Dermatol 2013 Jan 8;68(1):41-6, 46.e1-2. Epub 2012 Oct 8.
Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern-Austin Program, Austin, Texas 78701, USA.
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J Drugs Dermatol 2012 Dec;11(12):1506-7
Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern, Austin, TX, USA.
Delusions of parasitosis (DOP) is a somatic subtype of delusional disorder, also known as monosymptomatic hypochondriacal psychosis. The management of DOP has been discussed extensively in the medical literature. Patients with suspected DOP have a broad differential diagnosis, including skin-based or systemic medical conditions and several kinds of psychiatric disease. Read More
Gen Hosp Psychiatry 1997 Jan;19(1):29-35
Department of Psychological Medicine, King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, England.
There is a recognized psychiatric morbidity among those who attend dermatology clinics. We aimed to determine the pattern of psychological and social problems among patients referred to a liaison psychiatrist within a dermatology clinic. Notes from 149 patients were reviewed and more detailed assessments performed in a subgroup of 32 consecutive referrals. Read More
J Am Acad Dermatol 2012 Oct 20;67(4):673.e1-10. Epub 2012 Jan 20.
Department of Dermatology, Mayo Medical School, College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.
Background: Delusional infestation is the conviction that one's skin is infested with foreign organisms or materials despite contradictory objective evidence.
Objective: To delineate clinical characteristics of patients presenting with delusional infestation.
Methods: We performed a retrospective study of patients meeting delusional infestation criteria who were seen for diagnosis and treatment in our tertiary care academic medical center (2001-2007). Read More
Psychosomatics 2012 May-Jun;53(3):258-65. Epub 2012 Mar 27.
College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.
Objective: Delusional infestation, which encompasses both delusions of parasitosis and delusions of infestation with inanimate objects (sometimes called Morgellons disease), has been said to represent a distinct and encapsulated delusion, that is, a stand-alone diagnosis. Anecdotally, we have observed that patients with delusional infestation often have one or more psychiatric comorbid conditions and that delusional infestation should not be regarded as a stand-alone diagnosis. The purpose of this study was to identify whether patients with delusional infestation have psychiatric comorbid conditions. Read More