Factitious dermatitis

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Factitious dermatitis
Other names: Dermatitis artefacta
Multiple, well-demarcated, linear, longitudinal erosions on the dorsum of the bilateral forearms
Factitious dermatitis

Factitious dermatitis is a form of factitious disorder in which patients will intentionally feign symptoms and produce signs of disease in an attempt to assume the patient role. It is also self-inflicted skin damage, most commonly from prolonged deliberate scratching, but sometimes by means of sharp instruments or another agency.[1]: 391 [2]: 61 

See also


  1. Freedberg, et al. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-138076-0.
  2. James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-7216-2921-6.

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