delusional parasitosis

Lance C. Russell lrussell at usouthal.campus.mci.net
Thu Mar 19 20:28:58 EST 1998


Just out of curiosity, what "parasite(s)" do most of these people think they are infected with?

Lance

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Lance C. Russell, MS
Department of Pathology
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
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Dr. Gary Conboy wrote:

> In article <35091e17.336826 at nntp.service.ohio-state.edu> pappas.3 at osu.edu (Dr. Peter W. Pappas) writes:
> >From: pappas.3 at osu.edu (Dr. Peter W. Pappas)
> >Subject: Re: delusional parasitosis
> >Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 11:56:21 GMT
>
> >I guess I'm a little "tight" over this whole subject, and readers may
> >not understand why.  But, readers also have not seen the questions I
> >have received from people wondering why they can't get rid of their
> >parasites (which have not even been diagnosed), and which of the
> >"cures" I would recommend.  Needless to say, I recommend none and
> >suggest they seek qualified medical assistance.
> >Dr. Peter W. Pappas
> >Department of Zoology
> >The Ohio State University
> >Columbus, OH  43210
> >pappas.3 at osu.edu
>
> All of the people with probable delusional parasitosis that I have encountered
> have been to several MD's and found the care they received "inadequate".  In
> my experience, suggesting they seek proper medical care is advice they will
> not take and my inability to diagnose the specific parasite causing their
> "affliction" places me along with all of the other medical personnel that are
> "incompetent" to handle the diagnostic challenge.  As a veterinary
> parasitologist I can plead that unless the causative agent is a zoonotic
> parasite that I am not the appropriate person to be involved in their case.
> This gets them out of my office, but I feel that these people are falling
> through the cracks in the system.  I will take a look at the UC Davis web site
> to see how these cases should be handled (there has got to be a better way
> than what I have done in the past).
>
> Gary Conboy DVM, PhD
> Atlantic Veterinary College
> Charlottetown, PEI
> Canada






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