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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2008 December;143(6):415-9

Copyright © 2008 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Ekbom syndrome: a disease between dermatology and psychiatry

Simonetti V. 1, Strippoli D. 1, Pinciara B. 2, Spreafico A. 2, Motolese A. 3

1 Operative Unit of Dermatology “A. Manzoni”Hospital, Lecco, Italy 2 Operative Unit of Psychiatry “A. Manzoni” Hospital, Lecco, Italy 3 Operative Unit of Dermatology Macchi-Varese Hospital and Foundation, Varese, Italy


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The Ekbom syndrome or parasitosis delirium represents a rare monosymtomatic psychosis characterized by the delirious firm belief of the patient, against all evidence, of being infested by cutaneous parasites. The syndrome affects in particular middle-aged women, and can be the single manifestation of psychological uneasiness or represent one of the aspects of a more complex psychiatric case, compromising almost totally any normal daily work and/or social activity. The authors present a recently observed clinical case and discuss the clinical-diagnostic and therapeutic aspects.

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