Delusional parasitosis (DP) is a mental disorder in which individuals have a persistent belief that they are infested with living or nonliving pathogens such as parasites, insects, or bugs, when no such infestation is present.
Wiki Number: W054
Diagnosis: Delusional Parasitosis (Ekbom’s Syndrome)
Sex Ratio: M;2W
Age Onset: Age 57
Symptoms: believe they are infested by dead bugs – with hallucinations of touch under the skin
Progression: 2011-Mayo Clinic had 108 patients! 3 years is the typical longevity.
Causes: excess dopamine in the brain?
Medications: antipsychotics (which affects dopamine transmission), antidepressants
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- Delusional infestation in clinical practice over a period of two decadesby Radomir Reszke on August 19, 2021
CONCLUSIONS: DI features a wide spectrum of clinical signs and symptoms. Risperidone remains the drug of choice in the majority of cases. Successful management of each DI case requires collaboration between dermatologists and psychiatrists and still remains a major challenge.
- Bugging Out: Human Doramectin Misuse in a Case of Delusional Parasitosisby Christopher Pardo on June 4, 2021
- Delusional infestation complicated by gangrene and osteomyelitis requiring finger amputationby Julio A Diaz-Perez on April 19, 2021
- Clozapine-Induced Reversible Pisa Syndrome in a Patient With Delusional Parasitosisby Jia-Ying Shen on April 14, 2021