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 true incidence of Munchausen's syndrome is unknown.
Gastrointestinal bleeding in a 15-month-old male: A presentation of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy.
Munchausen's Syndrome is where someone tries to draw attention to themselves by faking their own illness.
Doctors diagnosed the mother, Parveen, as suffering from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy - a condition which allegedly drives parents to harm their children for the attention it brings them.
Mr Coonan also read statements from doctors in support of Prof Southall, who was awarded an OBE in 1998 and is an expert on Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy.
He accused Andrea, 36, of having Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy - partly because she was overweight.
WITHa lot of coverage about Munchausen's Syndrome recently, myaunt maintains hewasa real person who inspired a film.
The move follows the discrediting of paediatrician Sir Roy Meadow whose theory of Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy -where mothers harm their children to draw attention to themselves -has been widely followed by social workers and courts.
And doubt has been cast on the very existence of a condition known as Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, which was first identified by Prof Meadow in 1977 and supposedly drives parents to harm their own children in order to attract attention to themselves.
In an unusual allegation of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy suffered by both parents, Dr Joseph Dullea, 42, and wife Kristine are said to have pumped the healthy boys full of pills.
One of the conditions investigated was Munchausen's syndrome by proxy where a carer causes injury to a child to draw attention to herself.
The professor, who works as a consultant paediatrician at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke and who is one of Britain's leading experts on Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy, told the GMC that,after watching the programme,he was concerned for the safety of the Clarks' third child who,at that time, was living with his father.
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