While self-mutilation in the form of wrist and arm cutting is relatively common and genital self-mutilation in men is well recognized, female genital self-mutilation seems to be strikingly rare. With the exception of injuries secondary to frank self-induced abortion or the insertions of foreign bodies in children, only three cases of female genital self-mutilation have been reported in the literature so far. It is suggested that the phenomenon may not be as rare as hitherto supposed and therefore a further case is reported.
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