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Delusional parasitosis on the psychiatric consultation service – a longitudinal perspective: Case study

  • Adam Trenton (a1), Neha Pansare (a1), Anthony Tobia (a2), Viwek Bisen (a1) and Kenneth R. Kaufman (a3)...
Abstract
Background

Delusional parasitosis is infrequently seen in hospital-based consultation–liaison psychiatry.

Aims

Although there are many publications on delusional parasitosis, this report reviews a unique case that was diagnosed during a hospital admission and treated over the next 36 months.

Method

Case report and literature review.

Results

This case report describes a 65-year-old man who was diagnosed with delusional parasitosis during a hospital admission for congestive heart failure and acute kidney injury. A longitudinal description of the patient's condition during the hospital stay and in the 36 months following discharge, during which time he was treated by a consultation psychiatrist, is provided.

Conclusions

In discussing the treatment of a challenging presentation, this case demonstrates the opportunity for consultation psychiatrists to initiate care in patients who might not otherwise seek psychiatric services. Patients with somatic delusions represent one group of patients who are unlikely to independently seek psychiatric treatment.

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This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Non-Commercial, No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) license.
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Correspondence: Adam Trenton, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 125 Paterson Street, Suite 2200, New Brunswick, NJ, USA. E-mail: trentoaj@rwjms.rutgers.edu
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Delusional parasitosis on the psychiatric consultation service – a longitudinal perspective: Case study

  • Adam Trenton (a1), Neha Pansare (a1), Anthony Tobia (a2), Viwek Bisen (a1) and Kenneth R. Kaufman (a3)...
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