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Title: Difficulties in preventing repeated genital self-mutilation
Authors: Nikic-Djuricic K.
Draskovic M.
Obradović, Andrea
Ristic I.
Ignjatovic Ristic, Dragana
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: © 2016, University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science. All rights reserved. Self-mutilation is self-inflicted and intentional damage done to one’s body or one’s body parts without a conscious suicidal intention. The first case of genital self-mutilation was published in 1846, and the first scientific description of genital self-mutilation was written by Stroch in 1901. Since the first case has been described, there have been a relatively small number of described cases of genital self-mutilation in both genders; there have been an even smaller number of cases of repeated genital self-mutilation and only a few descriptions of repetitive forms of male genital self-mutilation in the literature. The aim of our study is to present difficulties in preventing repeated male genital self-mutilation of a patient with an intellectual disability who was diagnosed and treated for epilepsy and psychosis in early adult life and had a previous history of self-destructive behaviour during childhood. Previous literature does not contain many repeated cases of male genital self-mutilation. After evaluating the contribution of each individual factor in the aetiology of self-mutilation, we concluded that every individual factor is significant in the aetiology of selfmutilation; however, no single factor, as well as all the factors put together, is not enough for prevention of self-mutilation. Our conclusion is that all the presented factors in our research (intellectual disability, epilepsy, psychosis, self-destructive tendencies in childhood) have their place in the aetiology of male genital selfmutilation, but none of them are determining factors. This confirms that it is necessary to conduct further research in the field of aetiology of male genital self-mutilation, which would contribute towards more adequate prevention.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1515/SJECR-2016-0014
ISSN: 1820-8665
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84988857035
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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