J Drugs Dermatol 2012 Dec;11(12):1506-7
Department of Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern, Austin, TX, USA.
Cutis 2008 Aug;82(2):123-30
Northridge Hospital Medical Center, California, USA.
Delusions of parasitosis (DOP), a psychiatric disorder in which patients erroneously insist that they are infested with parasites, remains a fascinating entity with elusive origins. Typically, these patients are resistant to psychiatric referral and treatment with psychotropic medications. We discuss the classification, epidemiology, clinical presentation, etiology, associated features, and differential diagnosis of this disorder. Read More
Am J Clin Dermatol 2001 ;2(5):285-90
Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, California, USA.
Delusions of parasitosis is a rare psychiatric disorder in which the patient has a fixed, false belief that he or she is infested by parasites. Even though it is a psychiatric disorder, these patients usually present to a dermatologist because they are convinced that they have a dermatological problem. Patients with delusions of parasitosis generally reject psychiatric referral. Read More
South Med J 1995 Aug;88(8):837-9
Bureau of Environmental Health, Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson 39215, USA.
Delusions of parasitosis (DOP) is a psychiatric disorder in which people have an unshakable false belief that they are infested with arthropod parasites. To rid themselves of the "bugs" patients with DOP may become desperate and quit their jobs, burn furniture, abandon homes, and use pesticides dangerously and repeatedly. Data from 11 cases of DOP, reported to the Mississippi Department of Health between 1989 and 1993, are presented in an attempt to identify common factors among the cases. Read More
Wien Med Wochenschr 1989 Jul;139(13):297-302
Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik, Wien.
In 34 patients suffering from delusional parasitosis the relevance of an accurate differential diagnosis with respect to pharmacological treatment was investigated. Under a psychopharmacological therapy of the delusion's additional psychiatric symptomatology in 17 patients (50%) a full remission and in other 5 patients an improvement of the delusional symptoms was observed. The unexpected high recovery-rate is explained by the fact that all of the patients with additional depression showed a reduction also of the delusional symptomatology after a treatment with antidepressants. Read More