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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Factitious Disorder by Proxy)

Purpose:

To identify clinical findings that may indicate the diagnosis of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Specialty:

Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics
Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology

Objective:

clinical diagnosis, including family history for genetics

ICD-10:

F68.1

Description:

Mumchausen by proxy involves a parent or guardian creating and using an supposed illness in a target person (usually a small child) for some form of psychological gain. Often the situation becomes a form of abuse, and the victim may be seriously harmed. Diagnosis may require a high level of suspicion and may be met with considerable resistance from family and colleagues.

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