Dermatitis Artefacta in a Child
Article first published online: 6 AUG 2007
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages E51–E56, September/October 2007
How to Cite
Finore, E. D., Andreoli, E., Alfani, S., Palermi, G., Pedicelli, C. and Paradisi, M. (2007), Dermatitis Artefacta in a Child. Pediatric Dermatology, 24: E51–E56. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2007.00441.x
- Issue published online: 6 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2007
Abstract: The high visibility of dermatologic diseases and their easy accessibility make the skin a primary and direct target for dysfunctional behaviors. Self-harm tendencies can frequently be expressed through dermatologic lesions, and dermatitis artefacta falls within this clinical frame. The occurrence of this cutaneous manifestation in children is very rare, with a peak of greater frequency in adolescence. We describe the characteristics of a multidisciplinary intervention—dermatologic and psychologic. Our pediatric patient displays a dermatologic picture that has no etiologic confirmation. The source of this disorder must therefore be found in socio-relational difficulties within the family and school environments, which lead the patient to self-harm behaviors that have a high communication value.