Case Report: Excoriation Disorder


  • Riska Andriyani Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Mustafa M. Amin Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Elmeida Effendy Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia



Excoriation disorder, Dermatillomania, Psychogenic excoriation



Excoriation disorder, known as pathological skin picking, dermatillomania, psychogenic excoriation, or neurotic excoriation, is a disorder characterized by a compulsive need to pluck one's skin, which leads to tissue damage. 


Case Report 

Excoriation disorders are usually found in about 12% of adolescents with psychiatric conditions. Approximately three-quarters of individuals who suffer from this disorder are women. This disorder is often found in adolescence, generally coincides with puberty or follows the onset of puberty. For some individuals, this disorder can occur recurrently for weeks, months, and years. Therefore, we specifically report the case of a 15-year-old adolescent suffering from excoriation disorder. 



Non-immediate treatment of excoriation disorder leads to becoming a chronic disorder and often causes psychosocial dysfunction and medical problems that can be life-threatening. 


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Andriyani R, Amin MM, Effendy E. Case Report: Excoriation Disorder. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2022 Mar. 27 [cited 2024 Apr. 23];10(T7):48-50. Available from:

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