delusional parasitosis

Lance C. Russell lrussell at
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 C. Russell, MS
Department of Pathology
University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Dr. Gary Conboy wrote:

> In article <35091e17.336826 at> pappas.3 at (Dr. Peter W. Pappas) writes:
> >From: pappas.3 at (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
> 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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