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Case Rep Psychiatry. 2015;2015:960579. doi: 10.1155/2015/960579. Epub 2015 Feb 24.

Self-inflicted needle injuries to the eye: a curing pain.

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1
Research Centre of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
2
Razi Hospital, Elgoli Road, P.O. Box 5456, Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran.

Abstract

There are few reports of severe self-injury to eyes in patients with schizophrenia. We report on a 41-year-old woman, primarily visiting for symptoms of endophthalmitis resulting from self-inflicted needles. Further evaluations established the diagnosis of schizophrenia because of arguing and commenting on auditory hallucinations and negative symptoms including social isolation, decreased self-care, blunt affect, and a monotone voice. The patient had been suffering from auditory hallucinations for several years and found relief in bodily pain caused by needles. The patient received 6 mg of risperidone. Hallucinations were resolved and self-injury behaviour was not repeated.

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