Van Gogh Syndrome


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A fanciful term for self-mutilation—e.g., amputation of an extremity, enucleation of an eye or auto-castration—which may be associated with dysmorphic delusions, disturbances of body image or psychosis, or a component of Lesch-Nyhan syndrome

van Gogh,

Vincent, Dutch artist, 1853-1890.
van Gogh syndrome - Synonym(s): Münchausen syndrome