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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 31-32

Unusual case of delusional parasitosis


Department of Psychiatry and Dermatology, University College of Medical Sciences, Shahdara, Delhi 110095

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MS Bhatia
Department of Psychiatry and Dermatology, University College of Medical Sciences, Shahdara, Delhi 110095

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ABSTRACT: Delusional parasitosis is characterized by a single hypochondriocal, delusional system that the patient is infested with insects percent. It is one of the commonest presentation of monohypochondriacal psychosis which occurs in absence of any psychiatric illness; the onset being insidious and the course is chronic. It rarely vanishes spontaneously1. The present case was unusual in presentation as the delusion of parasitosis appeared suddenly in a depressive episode and responded well to amitriptyline.


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