Self-mutilation in a child with a tethered spinal cord. Case report.

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  • Self-mutilation after deafferentation injuries has rarely been reported in humans. The authors report on a 16-year-old girl who was born with a myelomeningocele. In adolescence it was noted that concurrent with her spinal cord becoming symptomatically tethered she began to self-mutilate her digits. A rare manifestation of the tethered spinal cord may be dysesthesias that led to self-mutilation.
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  • Adolescent, Back Pain, Chest Pain, Female, Finger Injuries, Humans, Lumbosacral Region, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Neural Tube Defects, Self-Injurious Behavior
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  • Tubbs RS; Oakes WJ
  • Start Page

  • 228
  • End Page

  • 230
  • Volume

  • 102
  • Issue

  • 2 Suppl