Munchausen syndrome by proxy


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Munchausen syndrome by proxy

 [mun´chow-zen]

Mun·chau·sen syn·drome by prox·y

(mūn'chow-zĕn),
a form of child maltreatment or abuse inflicted by a caretaker (usually the mother) with fabrications of symptoms and/or induction of signs of disease, leading to unnecessary investigations and interventions, with occasional serious health consequences, including death of the child.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy

n.
A psychiatric disorder in which a parent or other caregiver seeks attention from medical professionals by causing or fabricating signs or symptoms of illness in a child.
A term coined by Roy Meadow for a condition in which a parent, guardian, or spouse deliberately injures a person in his or her care—usually a child or vulnerable adult—or relates symptoms that his/her ward does not in fact have, for a primary gain, such as controlled substances to be later sold, or a secondary gain such as attention and sympathy

Mun·chau·sen syn·drome by prox·y

(MSP) (mūn'chow-zĕn sindrōm proksē)
Child abuse inflicted by a caretaker (usually the mother) with fabrications of symptoms and/or induction of signs of disease, leading to unnecessary investigations and interventions, with occasional serious health consequences, including death of the child. Also called factitious illness by proxy.
References in periodicals archive ?
Munchausen syndrome by proxy or medical child abuse: Part I.
Epidemiology of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, Non-accidental Poisoning, and Non-accidental Suffocation," Archives of Diseases in Childhood 75 (1996): 57-61.
Munchausen syndrome by proxy is the practice of fabricating or exaggerating illness or sickness onto another person, usually a child.
Two siblings with recurrent cardiorespiratory arrest: Munchausen syndrome by proxy or child abuse?
Case workers had never encountered a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy and felt they could not justify keeping the case active beyond several months of weekly visits to the home.
Using color photos to illustrate, they address different types of abuse, reporting and documentation, imaging, recognizing abuse, and the examination, pathophysiology, management, and differential diagnosis of bruises, burns, cutaneous conditions that mimic abuse, ocular trauma, otolaryngologic manifestations, abdominal trauma, anogenital findings and sexual abuse, child maltreatment fatalities, failure to thrive, and Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSP) is a disturbing diagnosis that should be considered when persistent signs and symptoms defy adequate explanation despite extensive testing.
He compared the case with "mass hysterias" of America's Salem witch hunts, communism fears of McCarthyismin America and Munchausen syndrome by proxy in the UK, where a spate of cases were brought over parents allegedly killing their babies.
I remember it well because it was about Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a fascinating topic about parents, mostly mothers, who invented an illness in their child in order to gain attention for themselves.
She was said to suffer from the attention-seeking disorder Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and was alleged to have duped doctors into prescribing medication for her son after wrongly claiming he had epilepsy at the age of three.
Her supporters claim relatives of the boy's father, Paul Hunt, made allegations to police in 1999 because she had been diagnosed with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy in 1986 by the paediatrician Professor Sir Roy Meadow.