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Statistics Male:female ratio, 1:2; 74% develop the condition by age 24; the average patient is diagnosed by age 32.
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factitious diseaseFactitious disorder, illness Psychiatry Any of a number of self-produced lesions or biochemical changes seen in persons with neuroses to gratify various self-motivated needs–eg, sympathy and narcotics; these conditions share the same raison d'etre, differing only in the site of injury and agent used to produce the lesions. See Munchausen syndrome, Psychosomatic disorder, Self-mutilation.
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