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Ind Psychiatry J. 2011 Jul;20(2):134-5. doi: 10.4103/0972-6748.102524.

Self-harm by severe glossal injury in schizophrenia.

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Department of Psychiatry, AFMC, Pune, India.


Self-mutilation, the deliberate destruction occurs in a variety of psychiatric disorders.Many methods of self-destructive behavior have been described in literature. Patients of schizophrenia are known to attempt self-harm due to command hallucination, catatonic excitement or because of associated depression, however severe glossal injury by biting has not been reported so far.Authors report case of self-harm of glossal injury by biting in schizophrenia. Treatment and management issues are discussed.


Glossal injury; schizophrenia; self-harm

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