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Morgellons Research Does Not
Allow For Dismissive Comments

PubMed has approximately 16 million science and medical articles. As of February 2007 there were only a small number of articles, virtually all with not even an abstract on Morgellons. And yet this is supposed to be an area of certainty for some dermatologists, in which they become likely counselors and determine what are legitimate patient complaints and what are false.

Here is what is published out of 16 million articles:

  1. Koblenzer CS.
    The challenge of Morgellons disease.
    J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Nov;55(5):920-2. Review. No abstract available.
    PMID: 17052516 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  2. Waddell AG, Burke WA.
    Morgellons disease? J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Nov;55(5):914-5. No abstract available.
    PMID: 17052510 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  3. Murase JE, Wu JJ, Koo J.
    Morgellons disease: a rapport-enhancing term for delusions of parasitosis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Nov;55(5):913-4. No abstract available.
    PMID: 17052509 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  4. Koblenzer CS.
    Pimozide at least as safe and perhaps more effective than olanzapine for treatment of Morgellons disease. Arch Dermatol. 2006 Oct;142(10):1364. No abstract available.
    PMID: 17043201 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  5. Marris E.
    Mysterious 'Morgellons disease' prompts US investigation. Nat Med. 2006 Sep;12(9):982. Epub 2006 Aug 30. No abstract available.
    PMID: 16960559 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  6. Savely VR, Leitao MM, Stricker RB.
    The mystery of Morgellons disease: infection or delusion?
    Am J Clin Dermatol. 2006;7(1):1-5. Review.
    PMID: 16489838 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The only real article is by a couple ILADS infection experts and they at least offer the only abstract in the world on this illness.

They have advanced past these preliminary ideas, but it is nice to see someone doing the work of the CDC and NIH.

The mystery of Morgellons disease: infection or delusion?

Morgellons disease is a mysterious skin disorder that was first described more than 300 years ago. The disease is characterized by fiber-like strands extruding from the skin in conjunction with various dermatologic and neuropsychiatric symptoms. In this respect, Morgellons disease resembles and may be confused with delusional parasitosis. The association with Lyme disease and the apparent response to antibacterial therapy suggest that Morgellons disease may be linked to an undefined infectious process. Further clinical and molecular research is needed to unlock the mystery of Morgellons disease.

Savely VR, Leitao MM, Stricker RB. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2006;7(1):1-5.

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