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Chapter 31. Factitious Dermatitis

Definition

Dermatitis (and/or panniculitis) induced artificially and deliberately by a patient and characterized clinically by findings unlike those of any “authentic” disease, for example, by lesions that have sharply angulated margins, lesions that are artificially linear, and ulcers that have a punched-out appearance, all of these changes occurring on sites that are within easy reach of manipulating hands.

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