Delusional Infestation Versus Morgellons Disease

Delusional infestation is the conviction that one is infested with pathogens – either animate or inanimate - despite medical or microbiologic evidence to the contrary. Infestation with inanimate pathogens, specifically fibers or filaments, has been controversially termed Morgellons disease by the patients themselves, who believe that this is not a psychiatric disease but r ather a new organic condition or a skin manifestation of an infection, such as Lyme disease. A large-scale study by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on patients presenting with Morgellons symptoms did not find evidence of fibers in the skin nor an association with any infection, i ncluding Lyme disease.
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