Search our Database of Scientific Publications and Authors

I’m looking for a

    Details and Download Full Text PDF:
    Successful treatment of patients previously labeled as having "delusions of parasitosis" with antidepressant therapy.

    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. However, there are many patients who have been labeled with DOP but do not meet the diagnostic criteria or who present with additional somatic complaints. These cases are a unique therapeutic challenge for dermatologists and psychiatrists alike and have not been thoroughly studied or reported. We present a patient referred for DOP who benefited substantially with antidepressant therapy.

    Similar Publications

    A review of delusions of parasitosis, part 1: presentation and diagnosis.
    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
    Delusions of parasitosis. A dermatologist's guide to diagnosis and treatment.
    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
    Analysis of 11 cases of delusions of parasitosis reported to the Mississippi Department of Health.
    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
    [Drug therapy of delusional parasitosis. The importance of differential diagnosis for psychopharmacologic treatment of patients with delusional parasitosis].
    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