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Dermatitis Artefacta: Case Report

Teodora Gregurek Novak
Tomislav Duvančić   ORCID icon
Majda Vučić

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APA 6th Edition
Gregurek Novak, T., Duvančić, T. & Vučić, M. (2013). Dermatitis Artefacta: Case Report. Acta clinica Croatica, 52. (2.), 247-250. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Gregurek Novak, Teodora, et al. "Dermatitis Artefacta: Case Report." Acta clinica Croatica, vol. 52., no. 2., 2013, pp. 247-250. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Gregurek Novak, Teodora, Tomislav Duvančić and Majda Vučić. "Dermatitis Artefacta: Case Report." Acta clinica Croatica 52., no. 2. (2013): 247-250.
Gregurek Novak, T., Duvančić, T., and Vučić, M. (2013). 'Dermatitis Artefacta: Case Report', Acta clinica Croatica, 52.(2.), pp. 247-250. Available at: (Accessed 27 November 2020)
Gregurek Novak T, Duvančić T, Vučić M. Dermatitis Artefacta: Case Report. Acta clinica Croatica [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2020 November 27];52.(2.):247-250. Available from:
T. Gregurek Novak, T. Duvančić and M. Vučić, "Dermatitis Artefacta: Case Report", Acta clinica Croatica, vol.52., no. 2., pp. 247-250, 2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 27 November 2020]

Automutilating behavior is becoming ever more frequent in patients seeking dermatologic care. Psychocutaneous disorders encompass a wide range of dermatologic conditions, all of which have in common the important role of psychological factors. Dermatitis artefacta syndrome is characterized by unconscious self-injury behavior, while dermatitis para-artefacta syndrome is labeled with manipulation of an existing specific dermatosis. Consciously stimulated injuries with the purpose of obtaining material gain is known as malingering. Here we present a 20-year-old female patient with a sudden pain and an oval, yellowish skin defect on her left lower leg, 3x3.5 cm in diameter, with an erythematous, clearly defined border, surrounded by erythematous, painful skin resembling pyoderma gangrenosum. The patient had a clinically typical skin presentation but with atypical therapeutic outcome. The diagnosis of dermatitis artefacta was made. Liaison psychiatry can reaffirm the diagnosis of dermatitis artefacta and provide necessary psychopharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.

Dermatitis artefacta; Pyoderma gangrenosum; Liaison psychiatry

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