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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 196-197

Trichotillomania with trichorhizophagia in a schizophrenic patient: Case report and review of literature

Department of Psychiatry, KMCT Medical College, Calicut, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
P N Suresh Kumar
Anawara, Vazhathuruthi Road, P. O. Civil Staton, Kozhikode- 673020, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.99544

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Trichotillomania is a disorder characterized by chronic hair pulling that often results in alopecia. Eating the part of hair pulled out is a common practice and trichorhizophagia is a new term to denote the habit of eating the root of hairs pulled out, associated with trichotillomania. Many psychiatric disorders are prevalent among patients with trichotillomania. Here we report a case of trichotillomania with trichorhizophagia in a 58-year-old man with schizophrenia. The various treatment options are also discussed.



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