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AACN Clin Issues. 2005 Apr-Jun;16(2):178-84.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy: a case report.

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  • 1Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC 27710, USA.


Munchausen syndrome by proxy is difficult to diagnose unless healthcare providers are astute to its clinical features and management. A case is presented to educate nurses and advanced practice nurses, of the nursing, medical, legal, and social complexities associated with Munchausen syndrome by proxy. This article also provides a brief review of the definition of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, its epidemiology, common features of the perpetrator, implications for healthcare personnel, and the legal and international ramifications of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

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