An Atypical Suicide Attempt: Self-Inflicted Intra-Cardiac Injury with Sewing Needle

AUTHORS

Nazila Shahmansouri 1 , * , Mahmood Shirzad 2 , Sam Zeraatiannejad Davani 3 , Fetemeh Heidari 4

1 Tehran Heart Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Tehran Heart Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Tehran Heart Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Tehran Heart Center, Research Branch, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Shahmansouri N, Shirzad M, Zeraatiannejad Davani S, Heidari F. An Atypical Suicide Attempt: Self-Inflicted Intra-Cardiac Injury with Sewing Needle, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2014 ; 8(4):80-2.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 8 (4); 80-2
Published Online: December 30, 2014
Article Type: Case Report
Received: June 05, 2014
Revised: October 13, 2014
Accepted: December 24, 2014
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Abstract

Atypical cases of suicide are less likely to be seen in general hospitals, nonetheless require further investigation into the precipitating factors as well as proper follow-up. This paper illustrates a 61-year-old woman with major depressive disorder who experienced auditory hallucinations during delirious periods of taking low-dose benzodiazepines, who referred to the hospital with a sewing needle stuck in her chest wall. The needle was successfully removed. Psychiatric problems are often underdiagnosed, therefore undertreated in general hospitals. Thus close monitoring of the patients during the hospitalization and after discharge is crucial.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Shahmansouri N, Shirzad M, Zeraatiannejad Davani S, Heidari F. An atypical suicide attempt: self-inflicted intra-cardiac injury with sewing needle. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2014; 8(4): 80-2.

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