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Sexual violence as a possible trigger in a case of dermatitis artefacta

Journal of Dermatology & Cosmetology
Lima LSC,1 Villa RT,1 Yamaguchi EM,2 Tranquillini G,3 Zorzetto IFH,3 Hostalácio GFF,3 Silva TA3

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Dermatitis artefacta (DA) is an uncommon diagnosis made by exclusion. Here, it is depicted a case of a woman that started to mutilate herself with a heated spoon, whenever she felt sexual desire. This self-inflicted aggression begun few months after she was sexually abused.


pathomimia cutis, self-agression, dermatitis artefacta, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychiatric service, non-collaborative, obsessive-compulsive disorder