ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Case Report
Self-Bloodletting: An Unusual Form of Self-Mutilation in Adolescence
1 Ataturk University, Medical Faculty, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey  
2 Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Izmir, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2010; 42: 98-99

Key Words: Adolescence, eating disorder, Factitious anemia, Self-bloodletting, Self-harm, Personality disorder
Abstract

In this paper, we introduce an adolescent suffering from a rare form of self-mutilation, “self-bloodletting”, and discuss dynamics of this maladaptive behavior. Deliberate bloodletting is a rare, but not unheard of, form of self-mutilation associated with eating and personality disorders. Although there are already several case reports in the adult psychiatry literature regarding the clinical features of Lasthenie de Ferjol Syndrome or factitious anemia, this is the first reported adolescent case of self-bloodletting.

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