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Clin Exp Dermatol. 2007 May;32(3):317-9.

Psychocutaneous syndromes: a call for revised nomenclature.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Iowa, Des Moines, IA, USA.


We propose abandoning three outdated, pejorative diagnostic terms: 'trichotillomania', 'delusions of parasitosis', and 'neurotic excoriation'. These insensitive terms are offensive to patients and become a barrier to treatment. We suggest the following alternative patient-centred nomenclature: 'neuromechanical alopecia', 'pseudoparasitic dysaesthesia', and (simply) 'excoriation'. We briefly review clinical and historical aspects of these disorders.

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