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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 228-231

Two cases of male genital self-mutilation


Department of Psychiatry, Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Vinay Singh Chauhan
Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt, New Delhi - 110 010
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.207854

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Male genital self-mutilation (GSM) is a rare but serious phenomenon. Some of the risk factors for this act are the presence of religious delusions, command hallucinations, low self-esteem, and feelings of guilt associated with sexual offences. Other risk factors include failures in the male role, problems in the early developmental period, such as experiencing difficulties in male identification and persistence of incestuous desires, depression, and having a history of GSM. The eponym Klingsor Syndrome, which involves the presence of religious delusions, is proposed for GSM. Psychiatric case reports of male GSM in the literature are rare and mostly anecdotal.


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