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Title: The effect of therapeutic phlebotomy for hemochromatosis on non-suicidal self-injury: A case report.
Austin Authors: Newham, Benjamin J C;Khanna, Rahul 
Affiliation: Department of Mental Health, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia
Issue Date: 2019 2018-07-30
Publication information: International journal of psychiatry in medicine 2019; 54(1): 74-79
Abstract: Background Self-phlebotomy has been described as a form of non-suicidal self-injury. However, a relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and therapeutic phlebotomy for hemochromatosis has not previously been described. We present a case of a 52-year-old man in whom the frequency of his therapeutic phlebotomy and non-suicidal self-injury were inversely linked, leading to adverse outcomes when his phlebotomy was suspended. Conclusions This is the first report describing the relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and therapeutic phlebotomy. This case highlights the need for risk assessment and monitoring of self-harm in patients who are undergoing therapeutic phlebotomy in order to prevent adverse outcomes.
DOI: 10.1177/0091217418791451
ORCID: 0000-0002-1342-9573
PubMed URL: 30058462
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: hemochromatosis
non-suicidal self-injury
risk assessment
self-injurious behavior
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