Section 7. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics >
Part 3. Major Psychopathologic Disorders >
Chapter 94. Pediatric Condition FalsificationHerbert Schreier
Topics Discussed: abuse, neglect, violence; factitious disorder by proxy; pediatric condition falsification.
Sections: Clinical Definitions and Prevalence, Etiology, Clinical Presentations, Diagnostic Process, Management and Treatment, Prognosis, References.
Excerpt:"Factitious disorder by proxy, previously known as Munchausen
by proxy, occurs when a caretaker (usually a mother) directly causes
her child to be, or appear to be, ill or impaired and obtains medical
interventions. The name for this disorder is derived from
the adult condition factitious disorder, which is a self-inflicted
or fabricated illness to gain medical attention. In factitious disorder
by proxy, a child may be hospitalized unnecessarily or may receive
inappropriate procedures and treatments that may have devastating
effects on the child. ..."
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