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The girl who swallows knives: uncontrollable deliberate self-harm in a teenage girl with borderline personality disorder.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22715264     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors describe the case of a now 19-year-old girl who after a traumatic childhood, began to deliberately self-harm at the age of 13, often by cutting her forearms. More recently, however, swallowing inanimate objects has been her method of choice. At the time of writing, she has had over 150 accident and emergency department (A&E) attendances, over 10 gastroscopies and a laparotomy. Knives, razors and six-inch sewing pins have all been removed from her gastrointestinal tract. So far, psychiatrists have been unable to stop her and her risk of accidental death rises every time she deliberately self-harms. The authors include the patient's personal views on her illness and discuss borderline personality disorder as a condition.
Mohammed Rashid; Ishaan Gosai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2011-01-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ case reports     Volume:  2011     ISSN:  1757-790X     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ Case Rep     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-20     Completed Date:  2013-02-19     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526291     Medline TA:  BMJ Case Rep     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Borderline Personality Disorder / complications*
Self-Injurious Behavior / etiology*,  psychology
Young Adult

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