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Delusional parasitosis: case series of 8 patients and review of the literature.

Author(s): Aw DC, Thong JY, Chan HL

Affiliation(s): Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore.

Publication date & source: 2004-01, Ann Acad Med Singapore., 33(1):89-94.

Publication type: Review

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. RESULTS: The patients with DP were predominantly women above 50 years of age, with medical co-morbidities and presented with a variety of symptoms and signs. The patients were prescribed various antipsychotics including the atypical antipsychotics. Response was variable, and the patients often defaulted follow-up. An approach to the management of DP is proposed together with a review of the literature.

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