Factitious dermatitis

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Factitious dermatitis
Classification and external resources
Specialty dermatology
ICD-10 L98.1 (ILDS L98.100)
ICD-9-CM 698.4

Factitious dermatitis (also known as "Dermatitis artefacta") is a form of factitious disorder in which patients will intentionally feign symptoms and produce signs of disease in an attempt to assume the patient role. It is also self-inflicted skin damage, most commonly from prolonged deliberate scratching, but sometimes by means of sharp instruments or another agency.[1]:391[2]:61

Multiple, well-demarcated, linear, longitudinal erosions on the dorsum of the bilateral forearms
Factitious dermatitis

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  1. ^ Freedberg, et al. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-138076-0.
  2. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.