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Self-Cannibalism: The Man Who Eats Himself

  • Author(s): Yilmaz, Atakan
  • Uyanik, Emrah
  • Şengül, Melike C Balci
  • Yaylaci, Serpil
  • Karcioglu, Ozgur
  • Serinken, Mustafa
  • et al.

Self-mutilation is a general term for a variety of forms of intentional self-harm without the wish to die. Although there have been many reports of self-mutilation injuries in the literature, none have reported self-cannibalism after self-mutilation. In this article we present a patient with self-cannibalism following self-mutilation.

A 34-year-old male patient was brought to the emergency department from the prison with a laceration on the right leg. Physical examination revealed a well-demarcated rectangular soft tissue defect on his right thigh. The prison authorities stated that the prisoner had cut his thigh with a knife and had eaten the flesh. [West J Emerg Med. 2014;15(6):-0]

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