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Comment & Response
June 2016

Deliberate Self-harm Following Bariatric Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans
  • 2College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile
  • 3Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Health System, Back and Pain Center, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(6):585. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.5129

To the Editor We read with interest the article by Bhatti and colleagues1 published in JAMA Surgery. The authors conducted a longitudinal cohort analysis to compare self-harm behavior 3 years before and 3 years after bariatric surgery. They found that the number of self-harm emergencies significantly increased after surgery and that the most common self-harm mechanism was an intentional overdose. Bhatti and colleagues1 suggest screening for suicide risk during follow-up among patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.

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