By Gary M. White, MD
Monosymptomatic hypochondriasis (MH) is a term applied to the manifestation of a single prominent belief that one is diseased in some particular way despite evidence to the contrary. Although MH may assume a variety of clinical forms, three consistently described syndromes are found in the literature:
- Delusions of Parasitosis: the belief that one is infested with a parasite.
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder: the belief that one is physically misshapen and unattractive. This may apply to the entire body or just one specific feature (e.g., "the pores on my nose are huge").
- Delusions of Bromhidrosis: the belief that one emits an offensive body odor.
These syndromes may be the clinical expression of a number of underlying pathologic conditions, including psychiatric disorders, structural brain disease, metabolic and endocrine disease, and toxic states.
Treatment needs to be individualized to each patient. Psychological evaluation is best, but may be resisted by the patient. See individual entries above for more treatment suggestions.
Homepage | FAQs | Contact Dr. White
It is not the intention of RegionalDerm.com to provide specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. RegionalDerm.com only intends to provide users with information regarding various medical conditions for educational purposes and will not provide specific medical advice. Information on RegionalDerm.com is not intended as a substitute for seeking medical treatment and you should always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider for diagnosis and for answers to your individual questions. Information contained on RegionalDerm.com should never cause you to disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment. If you live in the United States and believe you are having a medical emergency call 911 immediately.