Dermatology clinical case
Keywords:adolescence, self-inflicted injuries, early intervention, purpura
A previously healthy 15-year-old girl was sent to the Pediatric Emergency Department by the general practitioner due to suspicion of a hematological condition. The girl presented with ecchymotic lesions on the anterior region of the thorax and antero-proximal region of the upper limbs, which had apparently worsened in the last 24 hours. She denied trauma or impact sports, fever or recent infections, and blood loss or other symptoms. Laboratory evaluation showed no alterations and urine toxicology screening was negative. When confronted with normal laboratory evaluation, the girl confessed intentional self-inflicted injuries following a discussion with her mother. Parents were made aware of the situation, and a pediatric psychiatry consultation was recommended. After discharge, follow-up in the girl’s home country was assured.
With this report, the author intend to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion to non-suicidal self-injury, identifying alarm signs and establishing early preventive strategies.
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