Ekbom syndrome associated with recurrent depressive disorder and ECT

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I wasn’t to keen on a Cases Journal. Since recent their are two cases journals. But I have to admit that some of these cases are very informative.

I didn’t know what the Ekbom syndrome was until I read: A postmenopausal woman presenting with Ekbom syndrome associated with recurrent depressive disorder: a case report, (full text pdf available).

Ekbom syndrome is a rare psychiatric disorder that can manifest as a delusion, overvalued idea or hallucination of parasitic infestations. Hallucination of parasitic infestation is that the patient feels, believes or considers that they are infested by parasites or insects. They mostly visit the dermatology department complaining about small parasites crawling under their skin. This condition is often present as a symptom in mood disorders or other psychiatric illnesses such as in schizophrenia.

The patient was treated with an antidepressant as well as 12 sessions of bilateral electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) without an antipsychotic agent and her depressive episode as well as tactile hallucinations resolved completely.

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Courtney Mahler, Glenda MacQueen, Zainab Samaan (2008). A postmenopausal woman presenting with Ekbom syndrome associated with recurrent depressive disorder: a case report Cases Journal, 1 (1), 54- DOI: 10.1186/1757-1626-1-54