Morgellons, een ‘sociaal overdraagbare’ aandoening

Translated title of the contribution: Morgellons, a 'socially transmitted' disease

Sebastiaan A S van der Bent, Patrick M Kemperman, Nienke C Vulink, Rick Hoekzema

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BACKGROUND: Morgellons disease is a controversial condition characterised by a great variety of skin-related symptoms such as wounds, itch and pain and whereby the patient strongly believes these are caused by threads or fibres penetrating the skin. The subject is often discussed in social media, which leads to increasing numbers of patients who think they have the condition.

CASE DESCRIPTION: A 56-year-old woman had been suffering for three years of compulsive behaviour involving her hair and scratching her skin. She was convinced there were threads running under her skin. She had self-diagnosed 'Morgellons disease'. Psychodermatological treatment led to reduced symptoms.

CONCLUSION: The majority of medical practitioners believe that Morgellons disease is a type of delusional infestation. Even though there are some medical and non-medical practitioners who take the position that there is an infectious cause, such a cause has never been found.

Translated title of the contributionMorgellons, a 'socially transmitted' disease
Original languageDutch
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019

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