Dermatitis artefacta is a psychosomatic disorder characterized by cutaneous lesions that are self-inflicted by the patient, apparently due to itchy sensation. Usually, the patient denies any direct involvement with this condition and is rarely conscious of the underlying psychosomatic etiology.Authors report a case of a flight assistant with hypertrophic scars, symmetrically located on both upper arms. She referred chronic itchy sensation localized at the site where lesions were present; she referred relief only through continuous and forceful scratching.Considering the clinical history and after excluding other dermatological disorders, the diagnosis of dermatitis artefacta was made.

Occupational dermatitis artefacta: a clinical case in a flight attendant

Tammaro, A.;
2020-01-01

Abstract

Dermatitis artefacta is a psychosomatic disorder characterized by cutaneous lesions that are self-inflicted by the patient, apparently due to itchy sensation. Usually, the patient denies any direct involvement with this condition and is rarely conscious of the underlying psychosomatic etiology.Authors report a case of a flight assistant with hypertrophic scars, symmetrically located on both upper arms. She referred chronic itchy sensation localized at the site where lesions were present; she referred relief only through continuous and forceful scratching.Considering the clinical history and after excluding other dermatological disorders, the diagnosis of dermatitis artefacta was made.
2020
Dermatitis artefacta
Keloid
Occupational
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