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MedTerms Word of the Day
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PDT
Morgellons disease: a little known disorder of unknown cause that is often
associated with nonspecific skin, nerve, and psychiatric symptoms, Some
refer to it as a fiber disease. Caucasian females from about 35 to 50 years old
tend to develop this uncommon condition more than other groups. An analysis of
the condition by a panel of experts concluded that no common underlying medical
condition or infectious source was identified, similar to more commonly
recognized conditions such as delusional infestation.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "this
condition is not currently recognized as a distinct clinical disorder with
established diagnostic criteria that are generally accepted by the medical
community and many dermatologists consider the condition to be synonymous with
delusional parasitosis (DP). To date, most of what is known about the condition
is based on isolated case reports or anecdotal accounts. A range of potential
infectious (for example, Lyme disease, parasitic) and non-infectious causes has been
postulated, but the etiology of this condition remains unknown and there have
been no proven effective medical therapies." Continue Reading
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