Munchausen's syndrome: The importance of a comprehensive medical history

B. R. Ludviksson, J. Griffin, F. M. Graziano*

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Munchausen's syndrome was first described by Asher in 1951. Then Ireland, et al, described eight criteria that characterized these patients. These characteristics include factitious illness of a dramatic nature, factitious evidence of disease, evidence of multiple medical procedures, pathologic lying, aggressive behavior, leaving the hospital against medical advice, multiple hospitalizations with traveling and absence of any obvious secondary gain. Another form of this disease is Munchausen's syndrome by proxy which describes parental behavior that creates the appearance of, or produces, physical illness in a child with harmful consequences to the child. In this report, we present a complex case of Munchausen's syndrome in a patient who has been traveling around the country, going from one hospital to another for several years. We ask physicians to be aware of the features of this patient, bearing in mind that this was her third hospitalization at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-129
Number of pages2
JournalWisconsin Medical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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