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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2013, Article ID 913248, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/913248
Case Report

Successful Ziprasidone Monotherapy in a Case of Delusional Parasitosis: A One-Year Followup

1National Health Service, Department of Mental Health, Psychiatric Service of Diagnosis and Treatment, Hospital “G. Mazzini”, ASL 4, 64100 Teramo, Italy
2Department of Neuroscience and Imaging, Chair of Psychiatry, University “G. D’Annunzio”, 66100 Chieti, Italy
3Hermanas Hospitalarias, FoRiPsi, Villa S. Giuseppe Hospital, 63100 Ascoli Piceno, Italy
4Department of “Scienze della Formazione”, University of Catania, 95121 Catania, Italy
5Department of Health Science, University of L’Aquila, 67100 L'Aquila, Italy
6Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry and Psychopharmacotherapeutics, Section of Psychiatry, Department of Neuroscience, University School of Medicine “Federico II”, 80131 Naples, Italy

Received 2 April 2013; Accepted 2 May 2013

Academic Editors: J. S. Brar and D. L. Noordsy

Copyright © 2013 Domenico De Berardis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Delusional parasitosis is characterized by the false idea that own body is infested by invisible mites, insects, or other parasites. This case report describes a 24-year-old woman with delusional parasitosis who was treated with ziprasidone monotherapy (120 mg/day) with a complete remission of delusion and followed for one year without symptom recurrences. These findings, although preliminary, indicate that further investigation of ziprasidone monotherapy for the treatment of delusional parasitosis is warranted in further trials.