John Libbey Eurotext

European Journal of Dermatology


Factitious disorders in dermatology: still a challenging diagnosis Volume 27, numéro 3, May-June 2017


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University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital,
Departments of Dermatology, Allergology and Venereology,
Meilahdentie 2, PO Box 160 FIN-00029 HUS,

Factitious disorders in dermatology (FD), formerly known as dermatitis artefacta [1], are defined as self-inflicted skin lesions (SISL) created by the patient on his/her own skin, to satisfy a psychological need of which he/she is not consciously aware of. They are one of the most challenging diseases for the physician, both with regards to diagnosis and its management [2-4]. Here, we retrospectively review six patients who were seen over a period of a year, between 2014 and 2015, at the Skin and [...]