Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_5034-1

Mental disease, which is characterized by an increasing belief to be infected/attacked by (not really existing) parasites of any type. The persons start to collect permanent proofs for their belief and become increasingly endangered by using dangerous compounds and methods in order to become released from these (virtual) aggressors of their bodies. This disease is a type of schizophrenia and probably noncurable. Other names for this disease are Ekbom-syndrome, entomophobia, and dermatophobia.


Mental Disease Dangerous Compound 
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Further Reading

  1. Ekbom KA (1938) Praesenil dermatophobia. Acta Psychiatr Neurol Scand 13:227–230CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Thieberge D (1894) Cesacrophobes. Rev Gén Clin 373Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany