Munchausen syndrome


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Related to Munchausen syndrome: Munchausen syndrome by proxy, Munchausen by proxy, Factitious disorder

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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Although it is extremely rare, hemoptysis is the most common symptom of pulmonary Munchausen syndrome.
The investigators suspected Munchausen syndrome by proxy when the mother told them she had previously taken the child for seven different psychological evaluations within the preceding 8 months but had been dissatisfied with the results every time.
MSBP may occur when the perpetrator of Munchausen Syndrome crosses over the threshold of self-inflicted injury into abuse of an unsuspecting child.
Richard Asher coined the term Munchausen syndrome (after the fabled Baron Von Munchausen) in 1951 (1) to describe a group of patients with factitious disease.
Patients with Munchausen syndrome tend to go from hospital to hospital feigning medical or surgical diseases and giving false and fanciful information about their medical and social background.
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy refers to people, usually parents, who harm children in order to draw attention to themselves or to satisfy a need to nurse the child.
Killer nurse Beverly Allitt suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
His children with Jane - Robert, 37, Lucy, 31, and 24-year-old Tim - fear he may be the victim of somebody suffering from controversial Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
Hawking's three children and his nurses fear he may be the victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, in which sufferers harm others to draw attention to themselves.
His career has blossomed thanks to his paper on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: the Hinterlands of Child Abuse.
Byline: CRAIG McGILL, Mirror journalist and the author of 'Do No Harm: Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy'
She had Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, the illness suffered by child-killer nurse Beverley Allitt.