Munchausen syndrome


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Munchausen syndrome

[′mu̇n‚chau̇z·ən ‚sin‚drōm]
(psychology)
A personality disorder in which the patient describes dramatic but false symptoms or simulates acute illness, happily undergoing examinations, hospitalization, and diagnostic and therapeutic manipulations, and upon discovery of the real nature of his case often leaves without notice and moves on to another hospital.
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The former nurse was diagnosed as suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy when she carried out the attacks between 1991 and 1993.
No-one is sure what causes Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Children that undergo the mental and physical abuse of MSbP can "grow into Munchausen syndrome patients or continue the pattern of abuse in their own children" (Criddle, 2010, p.
Concerns about research and prevention strategies in Munchausen syndrome by proxy (SMP) abuse.
Munchausen syndrome presenting as gross hematuria in two women.
The authors make the case that the term Munchausen syndrome by proxy should be permanently retired and replaced with a commonsense appreciation that children can be abused by their parents in the medical environment.
Epidemiology of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, non-accidental poisoning, and non-accidental suffocation.
Asher's paper on Munchausen syndrome described several possible reasons for patients' behavior, such as desire to be the center of attention, holding a grudge against the medical profession, drug seeking, looking for shelter, and running from police.
Recovery from Munchausen syndrome is rarely reported.
Unlike Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy or factitious disorder by proxy, the diagnosis of PCF is not concerned with caretaker's motives.