Factitial dermatitis as a consequence of Munchausen syndrome

Factitial dermatitis is a condition in which skin lesions are self-inflicted as the result of a psychiatric disorder. The lesions may be presented in various forms and produced by a wide variety of means. This report refers to the case of a patient with factitial dermatitis triggered by Munchausen syndrome, which refers to individuals who intentionally provoke physical symptoms in themselves in order to satisfy a need to receive frequent medical attention.

Dermatitis; Psychopathology; Munchausen syndrome

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