A case report of Factitious Disorder (Munchausen Syndrome) by proxy

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Mehdi Shirzadifar 1 , Jalal Shakeri 1 , Faezeh Tatari 1 , Omran Davarinejad 1 , Vahid Farnia 1 , Habibolah Khazaie 1 , *

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1 Dept. of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

How to Cite: Shirzadifar M, Shakeri J, Tatari F, Davarinejad O, Farnia V, et al. A case report of Factitious Disorder (Munchausen Syndrome) by proxy , J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2014 ; 18(6):e74090. doi: 10.22110/jkums.v18i6.1756.

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Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 18 (6); e74090
Published Online: September 29, 2014
Article Type: Case Report
Received: April 21, 2014
Accepted: August 26, 2014
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Abstract

Background: In Factitious Disorder by proxy, one person (perpetrator) induces the disease in another person, thereby seeking emotional needs during the treatment process Diagnosis of this disorder is very difficult and there is not much consensus over it among experts. Lack of timely diagnosis of this disorder may lead to serious harms in patients.                                                                           

Case presentation: We will introduce a 19 year-old boy with mental retardation and history of multiple admissions to psychiatric, internal, urology and surgery wards. He has a 12 year-old sister and a 4 year-old brother, both with history of multiple admissions to pediatrics and internal wards. The father of family was 48 years old with chronic mental disorder, drug dependency and history of multiple admissions to medical, psychiatry and neurology wards. The mother of this family was diagnosed with munchausen syndrome by proxy.

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Munchausen syndrome by proxy factitious disorder by proxy mental retardation

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