Asian Journal of Research in Dermatological Science 2021-10-05T11:54:06+00:00 Asian Journal of Research in Dermatological Science Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Research in Dermatological Science</strong>&nbsp;aims to publish&nbsp;high-quality&nbsp;papers (<a href="/index.php/AJRDES/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all aspects of&nbsp;‘Dermatological Science’. This journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct, scientifically motivated. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Association between Piscine Mycobacteriosis and Morgellons Disease: Literature Review 2021-09-15T12:29:33+00:00 B. Dolapihilla M. Elapatha J. Grimm <p>Piscine Mycobacteriosis (PM) or sometimes called fish tuberculosis, is a deadly zoonotic disease found in both fresh and marine fish throughout the world. More than 20 strains of <em>Mycobacterium spp. </em>are known to cause PM, but their pathogenesis is currently unclear. This is a chronic progressive disease with a variety of clinical symptoms including skin ulcerations, loss of color, scoliosis, and weight loss. Advanced technical molecular methods have now allowed us to different <em>Mycobacterium </em>to the individual species level. Out of the 20 known strains, <em>M. marinum </em>is the commonest and the most pathogenic organism and it is found in marine and freshwater fish. Morgellons Disease (MD) is a multi-system disorder where patients commonly present with multiple, non-healing, cutaneous wounds. Patients report seeing multi-colored filaments/fibers under the skin and often provide samples to the clinician. However, most clinicians thought this is a delusional disorder and treated the patients with antidepressant drugs. However, recent studies have linked MD with systemic manifestations of Lyme Disease (LD). Other studies have found correlation between MD and tick-borne co-infections. Despite these studies, the definite causative agent of MD has not yet been confirmed. Since the clinical symptoms of PM and MD are somewhat similar, it could be hypothesized that PM and MD could be related to each other. Therefore, the objective of this literature review is to find any link between PM and MD based on the current literature available. However, it should be noted that there is no study done specifically looking into this hypothesis. The primary search engine used to find information for this review is PubMed and ScienceDirect. More than 30 research articles and case reports were reviewed and only 19 were shortlisted and used as references. None of the studies were limited to study design, number of participants or the study year. However, only articles written in English language were considered for this review.</p> 2021-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Morgellons as a Somatopsychic Disorder with Organic Etiology 2021-10-05T11:54:06+00:00 Jase Grimm Buddhini Dolapihilla G. E. D. M. Elapatha Udula Vidanage <p>Morgellons Disease (MD) is a multi-system disorder with a primary symptom characterized by the emergence of tiny, multicolored fibers from the skin. A study conducted in Northern California led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to not recognize MD as a separate diagnosis. The study involved 115 patients with MD-like symptoms. The researchers conducted interviews, analyzed patients’ blood and urine, and studied skin biopsies, but they failed to find a correlation between MD and any infectious or environmental cause. The study concluded that MD was more like a delusional disorder.</p> <p>The purpose of this review is to evaluate the said study and describe the limitations and biases therein. This includes lack of a comparison group, sampling bias and problems in analyzing the results. The review will also highlight why MD should be considered a separate multisystem condition with an underlying pathology based on evidence from more recent studies.</p> 2021-10-05T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##