Self-Cannibalism (Autosarcophagy) in Psychosis: A Case Report : The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

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Self-Cannibalism (Autosarcophagy) in Psychosis

A Case Report

Libbon, Randi MD*; Hamalian, Gareen MD, MPH*†; Yager, Joel MD*

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The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 203(2):p 152-153, February 2015. | DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000252


Only nine previous cases of self- or auto-cannibalism (autosarcophagy) have previously been reported in the literature. Here, we report a 29-year-old man with psychosis and a history of polysubstance use who presented after his second attempt to self-cannibalize. This case raises questions about the underlying causes and dynamics of self-cannibalism in psychiatric illness and its relation to other types of self-harm behavior.

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