Apotemnophilia Masquerading as Medical Morbidity

J. Mike Bensler, MD, Douglas S. Paauw, MD, FACP


South Med J. 2003;96(7) 

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Symmetric, bilateral cellulitis and distal phalangectomies of the feet are extremely uncommon, and atypical presentations of medical diseases combined with a medical history of repeated, unexplained injuries to a given segment of the body should prompt the clinician to take a more thorough medical history concerning psychiatric disease. Early recognition and diagnosis of apotemnophilia may prevent unnecessary serious injuries requiring costly hospitalizations for patients with apotemnophilia. Apotemnophilia is a rare potential cause of significant morbidity in atypical patient presentations.