Hypochondriasis Circumscripta: A Neglected Concept with Important Implications in Psychodermatology

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research


Author(s): Smulevich AB, Lvov AN, Romanov DV

The article is devoted to a psychodermatological disorder with self-destructive behavior – hypochondriasis circumscripta. Presented data are based on a clinical analysis of 22 consecutive cases (15 female; mean age – 56.1 ± 12.6 years) observed in the dermatologic department of First Moscow State Medical University and managed in a multidisciplinary approach by dermatologists and a consultation-liaison psychiatrist. Psychopathology, clinical presentations, historical aspects and treatment options are discussed. The self-inflicted skin lesions result from a severe repetitive autodestruction of focal skin loci primarily affected with heterogeneous sensations associated with a hypochondrical over-valued idea. Hypochondriasis сircumscripta is a serious diagnostic and treatment challenge and should be distinguished from dermatitis artefacta, skin picking disorder and delusional infestation.


Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Acta dermato-venereologica
Journal Abbreviation: Acta Derm. Venereol.
Journal Date Published: 2016-08-23


National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 27283953
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27283953
Lasted Revision: 2017-01-16


Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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