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SYMPOSIUM
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-52

Delusions of parasitosis


1 School of Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Department of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco, CA, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, University of California San Francisco, CA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Jillian W Wong
UCSF Psoriasis and Skin Treatment Center, 515 Spruce Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.105309

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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. In this review, we discuss the epidemiology, presentation, differential diagnosis and treatment strategy for patients with DOP.


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