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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 296--297

Folie a Famille: Delusional parasitosis affecting all the members of a family


1 Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
2 University of Newcastle and Hunter Mental Health, Newcastle, NSW - 2300, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Tirupati N Srinivasan
James Fletcher Hospital, PO Box - 833, Newcastle, NSW - 2300
Australia
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PMID: 17642642

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Delusional parasitosis (Ekbom syndrome) is an uncommon psychiatric disorder that presents with a delusion of being infested with parasites. Treatment of this condition is difficult as patients with this paranoid disorder reject psychiatric diagnosis and treatment and often consult a dermatologist. Sharing the delusional beliefs of the paranoid patient by other people living in close emotional bonding with him/her could occur. We report here the clinically interesting phenomenon of delusion of parasitosis occurring simultaneously in all the members of a family. There was a pathological bonding between the members of the family who all presented to the dermatologist and rejected treatment. Dermatologists need to be aware of this uncommon clinical picture.






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