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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 222-224

Van Gogh syndrome: A rare case of bilateral ear mutilation


Department of ENT and HNS, K S Hegde Medical Academy, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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M K Goutham
Department of ENT and HNS, K S Hegde Medical Academy, Deralakatte, Mangalore, DK, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-7749.159701

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Self-injury is the intentional and direct injury to self that include bite, burn, ulceration, and head banging. Repetitive self-mutilation is termed the van Gogh syndrome after Vincent van Gogh a renowned Dutch painter of late 19 th century, who during a bout of psychosis deliberately mutilated his ear. Self-mutilation of ears is a rare condition seen usually in patients with mental illness. An unusual case is presented of a psychotic young man who experienced command auditory hallucinations which directed him to amputate his own ears.


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