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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-28

Dermatitis artefacta presenting with localized alopecia of right eyebrow and scalp


1 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.179395

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Dermatitis artefacta (DA) and trichotemnomania are self-inflicted dermatoses often preceded by psychosocial stressful events. A 38-year-old female presented with sudden loss of hair in the right frontal area along with discoloration and edema of skin. On examination, there was complete loss of hair involving the right frontal area and the lateral half of right eyebrow with skin over that area appearing scalded, edematous, bruised, and discolored. After a detailed medical and psychological evaluation, a clinical diagnosis of DA with trichotemnomania was made. A tactful multidisciplinary approach is essential in managing such patients as outright referral to a psychiatrist could be counterproductive.


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