JAAD Case Rep 2017 Sep 30;3(5):390-391. Epub 2017 Aug 30.
Department of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
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Indian J Dermatol 2013 Jan;58(1):49-52
School of Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA ; Department of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco, CA, USA.
Patients with delusions of parasitosis (DOP) are more commonly recognized in dermatology practices today. However, dermatologists may feel uncomfortable treating these patients because of the psychiatric nature of their disorder. As a result of the fact that DOP patients strongly prefer to seek treatment from dermatologists rather than mental health professionals, it is important for dermatologists to be well equipped with a basic understanding of the disorder and with tools to assist this patient population. Read More
J Dermatolog Treat 2015 Oct 20;26(5):456-60. Epub 2015 Jan 20.
b Department of Dermatology , Psoriasis and Skin Treatment Center, University of California , San Francisco , CA , USA.
Delusions of parasitosis (DoP) is a psychocutaneous condition characterized by a fixed false belief that one is infested by skin parasites. Patients afflicted with DoP generally experience sensations of biting, stinging or crawling in the absence of any objective evidence of infestation. The most definitive treatment for DoP is antipsychotic agents. Read More
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
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