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Self-Cannibalism (Autosarcophagy) in Psychosis: A Case Report

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

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: February 2015 - Volume 203 - Issue 2 - p 152–153
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000252
Brief Reports

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.

*Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora; and †Denver Health Hospital, Colorado.

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