AffiliationDepartment of Adult Psychiatry, UCD/Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, 63 Eccles St, Dublin 7. email@example.com
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CitationMunchausen's syndrome--more common than we realize? 2010, 103 (6):179-81 Ir Med J
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractMunchausen's syndrome is a condition whereby a patient deliberately simulates symptoms of an illness in order to gain admission to hospital and gain the sick role. It is an uncommon condition and is possibly underdiagnosed. This case-series examines the cases of three patients with Munchausen's syndrome who presented to a Dublin hospital within a four-month period. Two of the presentations involved the feigning of psychiatric symptoms. It is important that clinicians not only in psychiatry, but in all medical specialities have an awareness of this disorder, so that unnecessary procedures and treatments may be avoided.
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