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Cutis. 1988 Oct;42(4):273-4.

Cocaine abuse and delusions of parasitosis.

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John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.


We report two persons in their thirties with the shared delusion of parasitosis. Both abused cocaine, and both recovered from their delusions after a period of abstinence. Although the literature does not stress that a specific cause is usually found for delusions of parasitosis, this may be changing for persons in groups among whom cocaine and possibly other illicit drug use is common. It is a service to these desperate patients to establish their confidence and then discretely ask about the use of illegal drugs, especially cocaine.

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