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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False-negative tests, particularly for senna, may delay the diagnosis of factitious disease for years and contribute to complications from unnecessary or inappropriate medical or surgical therapy and overutilization of healthcare resources.
False reports of seizures, allergies, hematuria, and vomiting are common, and combinations of factitious diseases are the rule.