IP Indian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

Varied Presentation of Delusion of Parasitosis (DOP): A case series study

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Author Details: Mona Srivastava, Nasra Shareef

Volume : 3

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2581-4729

Print ISSN : 2581-4710

Article First Page : 197

Article End Page : 202


Introduction: Delusion of parasitosis is a common presentation with multiple aetiologies. It usually presents in a dermatological set up; however a psychiatric consultation is often required for optimal management.
Materials and Methods: A series of 22 cases which presented in the psychiatric outpatient section or were referred from the dermatology department were analyzed and followed up.
Results: The majority of the subjects were females in the middle to elderly age group and the commonest diagnosis was psychosis and the majority responded to olanzapine and fluoxetine.
Discussion: The presentation of delusion of parasitosis (DOP) is a disorder with multiple aetiologies and needs optimal management which should ideally be tailor made, hence a good liaison set up is needed.

Keywords: Delusion of parasitosis (DOP); Psychosis; antipsychotics; antidepressants