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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  • Tubbs RS; Oakes WJ
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  • 228
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  • 230
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  • SUPPL. 2