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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 74  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 550-

Allergic to all medicines and red coloured urine

Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh- 160 012, India

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Manoj Sahoo
Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160 012
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.44340

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Dermatitis artefacta is a disorder in which the skin is the target of self-inflicted injury. We report a case of dermatitis artefacta, in which the patient developed skin lesions, after taking each and every medication. Additionally he also had red coloured urine after taking certain group of medications, which, on further investigations, was found to be associated with glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. This case illustrates the presence of factitious dermatitis and physical co-morbidity simultaneously, which was missed before psychiatric referral. Every symptom in a patient with a factitious disorder should not be labelled as feigned without a proper workup.


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