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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Patients with Munchausen's syndrome fabricate problems whose "symptoms" are typical of actual medical problems.
After Mr Bozier confronted Southall he again diagnosed the Munchausen's Syndrome and Hannah was taken into care.
But, according to the programme, recent psychiatric assessments say there is no evidence that she will develop Munchausen's by Proxy.
She suffered a personality disorder, for which she was successfully treated, but social services officials still say she is likely to suffer from Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy.
A review of 298 cases was ordered after three mothers were cleared of killing their children following concerns over misdiagnosis of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy.
They claim they lost their children after experts diagnosed Munchausen's syndrome by proxy.
Sir Roy has also given evidence in several cases of the sudden deaths of babies, using the diagnosis of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy to say parents or carers have intentionally harmed or killed their children while claiming it was natural illness.
In the second case Dean Lyons, who was charged and subsequently acquitted of the murder of Grangegorman victims Mary Callanan and Sylvia Shields was said to be suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome.
She is believed to have been the victim of a someone thought to be suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy.
Stevenson, "Serial Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy," Pediatrics, vol.
Suzanne McDaid, 23, who suffers from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, sobbed: "I didn't mean to hurt her.
Officials claim she is likely to suffer from Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy.
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