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Treatment of Delusional Parasitosis With Aripiprazole

Antoni Bennàssar, MD; Antonio Guilabert, MD; Mercé Alsina, MD; Luis Pintor, MD; José Manuel Mascaró Jr, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(4):500-501. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.20.
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Delusional parasitosis (DP) is a psychiatric condition in which patients believe they are infested with skin parasites. Since patients seeking dermatologic care are convinced that they have a skin disorder and frequently reject psychiatric care, dermatologists should be trained in managing DP. We report 2 cases that responded rapidly to the new antipsychotic agent aripiprazole.

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