Amputee fetishism and genital mutilation: Case report and literature review

Thomas N. Wise, Ram Chandran Kalyanam

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A case is presented of a 49-year-old man who amputated his penis following instructions that he had obtained from the Internet. The patient had a long-standing amputee fetish, which evolved into eroticized genital mutilation. The transformation of the preferred fetish occurred in a setting of depression due to environmental stressors. The literature about amputee fetishism, also called “apotemnophilia,” is reviewed, and possible connections with the genital mutilation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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