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The efficiency of valproic acid in a child with trichotillomania

Author(s): Aysel Milanlıoğlu | Sultan Kılıç

Journal: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Investigations
ISSN 1309-8578

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 214;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Trichotillomania | valproic acid | impulse control disorder

Trichotillomania is a relatively rare impulse control disorder that causes patients to pull out own hair. Studies regarding the pharmacological treatment in children or adults are scarce, and there is a lack of consensus on drug treatment. The current trend is to use mood stabilizers for reducing repetitive behaviors.We present the case of 9-years-old child whose symptoms showed remarkable improvement after the administration of valproic acid. Our case is the second case in the literature that effectively treated with valproic acid. Additionally, this report indicates that this drug is potentially effective in reducing and also terminating complaints of trichotillomania. Further studies are needed to understand course of this disorder and considering the best treatment options. J Clin Exp Invest 2011;2(2):214-5
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