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J Forensic Nurs. 2015 Apr-Jun;11(2):114-7. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000066.

Caregiver-fabricated illness in a child.

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Case Report Editor: Dr. Brian McKenna, Australian Catholic University, Author Affiliation: School of Nursing, Saint Louis University.


In October 2004, a case of caregiver-fabricated illness in a child was identified in a children's hospital in the Midwest. This case report begins with a discussion and explanation of the various nomenclatures that have been used by the healthcare community such as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, factitious disorder by proxy, medical child abuse, and caregiver-fabricated illness in a child. A discussion of case facts is then presented, which includes key concepts that nurses should know regarding a diagnosis of caregiver-fabricated illness in a child and the interventions that should be taken.

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