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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One of the more well-known factitious illnesses is Munchausen's syndrome, in which affected patients repeatedly seek treatment for nonexistent acute illnesses while reporting a dramatic yet plausible history.
Munchausen by Internet: detecting factitious illness and crisis on the Internet.
Her request for hospitalization, for example, could suggest factitious illness, but she is disabled enough to play the sick role without manufacturing symptoms.
This article suggests a 3-step approach by which the consultation-liaison psychiatrist can help medical staff identify and manage patients with factitious illness.