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Needle Phobia : A Neglected Diagnosis Source : Journal of Family Practice

  title={Needle Phobia : A Neglected Diagnosis Source : Journal of Family Practice},
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine
Needle phobia is a recently defined medical condition that affects at least 10% of the population. Because persons with needle phobia typically avoid medical care, this condition is a significant impediment in the health care system. The etiology of needle phobia lies in an inherited vasovagal reflex of shock, triggered by needle puncture. Those who inherit this reflex often learn to fear needles through successive needle exposure. Needle phobia is therefore both inherited and learned. 
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