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Title: An extremely rare case of delusional parasitosis in a chronic hepatitis C patient during pegylated interferon alpha -2b and ribavirin treatment
Authors: Robaeys, G ×
De Bie, Jacques
Van Ranst, Marc
Buntinx, Frank #
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: WJG Press
Series Title: World journal of gastroenterology vol:13 issue:16 pages:2379-2380
Abstract: During treatment of chronic hepatitis C patients with interferon and ribavirin, a lot of side effects are described. Twenty-three percent to 44% of patients develop depression. A minority of patients evolve to psychosis. To the best of our knowledge, no cases of psychogenic parasitosis occurring during interferon therapy have been described in the literature. We present a 49-year-old woman who developed a delusional parasitosis during treatment with pegylated interferon alpha-2b weekly and ribavirin. She complained of seeing parasites and the larvae of fleas in her stools. This could not be confirmed by any technical examination. All the complaints disappeared after stopping pegylated interferon alpha-2b and reappeared after restarting it. She had a complete sustained viral response.
ISSN: 1007-9327
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Clinical and Epidemiological Virology (Rega Institute)
Academic Center for General Practice
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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