Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Autotomy

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_342

Definition

Self-injurious behavior in which a body part, usually denervated or deafferented, is compulsively licked, bitten and chewed (self mutilation), and is commonly observed in animals following neurectomy. In the animal model of peripheral neurectomy, animals typically begin biting off nails and digits on the denervated paw within a few days following nerve injury.

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