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Is there any difference between munchausen syndrome and munchausen syndrome by proxy?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Self v. others

This disorder, named for a german storyteller, is a psychiatric condition in which the sufferer knowingly feigns illness and submits themselves to numerous unnecessary treatments including hospitalizations and surgeries.
The by proxy type is when a family member, usually a child, is subjected to the same treatments urged on by usually a mother of the child.

In brief: Self v. others

This disorder, named for a german storyteller, is a psychiatric condition in which the sufferer knowingly feigns illness and submits themselves to numerous unnecessary treatments including hospitalizations and surgeries.
The by proxy type is when a family member, usually a child, is subjected to the same treatments urged on by usually a mother of the child.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Munchausen

Munchausen syndrome is a disorder whereby patients feign medical illness or induce harm to themselves in order to receive medical treatment.
Munchausen by proxy is a form of child abuse where a caretaker feigns or exaggerates medical illness in a child in order to subject them to unnecessary medical tests or treatment.

In brief: Munchausen

Munchausen syndrome is a disorder whereby patients feign medical illness or induce harm to themselves in order to receive medical treatment.
Munchausen by proxy is a form of child abuse where a caretaker feigns or exaggerates medical illness in a child in order to subject them to unnecessary medical tests or treatment.
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