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Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

A phenomenon in which symptoms of a disease are fabricated by an individual other than the patient causing unnecessary, and often painful, physical examinations and treatments. This syndrome is considered a form of CHILD ABUSE, since another individual, usually a parent, is the source of the fabrication of symptoms and presents the child for medical care.

Year introduced: 1992

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Tree Number(s): F03.875.375.800

MeSH Unique ID: D016735

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