A case of apotemnophilia: a handicap as sexual preference

Am J Psychother. 1983 Apr;37(2):285-93. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.1983.37.2.285.


This paper seeks to present information on apotemnophilia. It points out the need of a man to have a healthy leg amputated, despite the fact that he cannot find a surgeon who will do so. By writing this paper, the author hopes to bring to light the characteristics underlying such a desire. After reviewing the scarce literature on this subject, a case history of apotemnophilia has been given. In the discussion similarities and discrepancies in two cases reported by Money have been summarized.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Amputation, Surgical / psychology*
  • Body Image
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraphilic Disorders / psychology*
  • Transsexualism / psychology