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


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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