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Child Care Health Dev. 1996 Sep;22(5):323-6.

Masturbation in prepubescent children: a case report and review of the literature.

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Day Care Unit, Children's Medical Center of Israel, Petah-Tiqva, Israel.


A 10-year-old girl observed to have episodes of flushing, pallor and weakness, was referred for investigation of possible carcinoid syndrome. The cause of these episodes was masturbation. Masturbation occurs at all ages and in most cases is considered normal behaviour. Lack of recognition of this phenomenon in children may lead to unnecessary investigations and treatment.

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