Caroline Koblenzer

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Cutaneous Delusional Disorders (Delusional Disorder, Somatic Type. Delusions of Parasitosis, Ekbom's Disease, Morgellons Disease, Body Dysmorphic Disorder)

Are You Confident of the Diagnosis? A delusion is a false belief that is not consistent with the cultural standards or educational level of the individual, and that is unshakable in face of all evidence to the contrary. The patients whom we see in dermatology have “systematized” delusions. These, in contrast to “bizarre” delusions, are…

Neurotic Excoriations (Skin-picking Disorder)

Are You Confident of the Diagnosis? The term neurotic excoriations (NE) refers to a condition in which the patient picks at his or her own skin, and freely acknowledges that he or she is creating the lesions. NE is not to be confused with dermatitis artefacta, in which the lesions appear mysteriously and the patient…

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