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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 220-222

Dermatitis artifacta of tongue: A rare case report

Department of Psychiatry, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Surjeet Sahoo
Department of Psychiatry, IMS and SUM Hospital, K-8, Kalinga Nagar, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar - 751 003, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.183786

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Dermatitis artifacta is a psychiatric disorder in which the patient deliberately produces self-inflicted skin lesions to satisfy an unconscious psychological or emotional need, often a desire to receive medical treatment. We present a case of a 20-year-old female with pain in abdomen, pain during urination, and multiple skin lesions, mostly in the reach of her dominant hand and in tongue. She gave a history of several episodes of similar illnesses with admission in various hospitals. She was improved with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy.



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