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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 172-174

Dermoscopic aid in the diagnosis of dermatitis artefacta


Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, S. Nijalingappa Medical Collage, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

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Dr. S V Smitha
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, S. Nijalingappa Medical Collage, Navanagar, Bagalkot, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijpd.ijpd_94_21

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Dermatitis artefacta (DA) is a condition where the patient produces cutaneous lesions to fulfil an unconscious psychological need. It is most commonly seen in prepubertal and adolescent age group with female predominance. Among children, causes include delayed developmental milestones, disturbed parent–child relationship, bullying in school, conflict with siblings, academic pressure, gender bias, and loss of close relative in the recent past. We present a case of DA in an 8-year-old girl with dermoscopic evaluation. In pediatric age group, special attention is required to identify such cases. Early diagnosis and intervention for the DA is required for the prevention chronic physical and psychological disabilities.


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