Ekboms disease (delusional disorder, somatic type): a case report

Abid Aftab, Khalid Mehmood Ranjha


Monosymptomatic hypochondriacal psychosis (Ekboms disease) is a rare disorder. A 45-
year-old lady presented to skin OPD and later on referred for psychiatric evaluation with 4
years history of itching over her face and arms, not responding to oral or tropical
applications. Her present state examination showed her suffering from delusions of
parasitosis. She showed an excellent response to neuroleptics medication and
electroconvulsive therapy.


Ekboms disease, parasitosis, delusions, antipsychotics, ECT.

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