Search our Database of Scientific Publications and Authors

I’m looking for a

    Details and Download Full Text PDF:
    Delusional parasitosis as a presenting feature of HIV dementia: a case study.

    Appl Neuropsychol Adult 2013 20;20(1):66-72. Epub 2012 Nov 20.
    Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
    Delusional parasitosis (DP) is a rare form of somatic delusions where a person believes that he or she is infected with worms, bugs, or other parasites. In the literature, DP has been discussed as a presenting feature of cortical dementias but has not been documented as a presenting feature in subcortical dementias such as HIV-associated dementia. We present a case of a 56-year-old male referred from the dermatology clinic for neuropsychological assessment after presenting with persisting claims that he was infected with "bugs" despite evidence to the contrary. The patient had a history of HIV and substance abuse. The patient was diagnosed with dementia due to HIV disease and psychosis due to dementia (i.e., DP) based on the neuropsychological evaluation. This case report suggests that neuropsychological evaluations may be indicated for patients presenting with DP and risk factors for either cortical or subcortical dementias such as HIV-associated dementia.
    PDF Download - Full Text Link
    ( Please be advised that this article is hosted on an external website not affiliated with
    Source Status ListingPossible

    Similar Publications

    Striatal lesions in delusional parasitosis revealed by magnetic resonance imaging.
    Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 2008 Dec 30;32(8):1967-71. Epub 2008 Sep 30.
    Department of Psychiatry, General Hospital-Bruneck, Spitalstrasse 4, 39031 Bruneck, Italy.
    Introduction: Delusional parasitosis (DP) is a syndrome characterized by the firm conviction that small living beings infest the skin. The etiology can be primary and secondary. Structural brain abnormalities in DP have only been reported in case reports often subcortical vascular encephalopathy and right-hemisphere strokes in the temporo-parietal cortex. Read More
    Interdisciplinary Differential Diagnosis and Care of a Patient with Atypical Delusional Parasitosis due to early HIV-related Dementia.
    Clin Neuropsychol 2015 15;29(4):559-69. Epub 2015 May 15.
    a Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute , Elkins Park, PA , USA.
    Objective: To provide a differential diagnosis and recommendations for care for an individual with suspected delusional parasitosis secondary to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

    Method: A 62-year-old male with sexually acquired, chronic, and well-managed HIV infection was referred for neuropsychological evaluation and treatment recommendations following extensive self-manipulation of a sternoclavicular cystic mass and superficial skin lesions over most of his body. The patient reported that he had pulled long calcified tendrils out of the mass over a period of several weeks and that "encapsulated fat" was flowing beneath his skin. Read More
    Delusional parasitosis: case series of 8 patients and review of the literature.
    Ann Acad Med Singapore 2004 Jan;33(1):89-94
    Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore.
    Introduction: Delusional parasitosis (DP) is a condition in which a person has the unshakeable and mistaken belief of being infested with parasites.

    Patients And Methods: All patients with DP seen by the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital were reviewed. The case histories of 8 Chinese patients are discussed. Read More
    Delusional tinea: a novel subtype of delusional parasitosis.
    Dermatol Online J 2008 Dec 15;14(12):16. Epub 2008 Dec 15.
    Delusions of parasitosis is one of the more complex management problems encountered in the dermatology clinic. The difficulty mainly arises from the fact that a psychiatric disease is responsible for the cutaneous pathology. Typically, patients complain of "parasites" or other crawling bugs on their skin. Read More