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

Elizabeth Daniel, Tirupati N. Srinivasan

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-297
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Volume70
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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