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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 287-289

Unmasking diogenes syndrome


1 Department of Dermatology and STD, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal University, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal University, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.156385

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Diogenes syndrome is characterized by extreme self-neglect, social withdrawal, and poor personal and domestic hygiene. We report a case of Diogenes syndrome presenting with dermatitis passivata. An unusual "mask" of dirt resembling a carapace, onset of neglect after awareness of a breast lump and resumption of personal grooming and social activities after removal of the lump and counseling were seen.


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