What is Munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Munchausen syndrome by proxy occurs when a parent seeks treatment for a child, typically an infant who cannot speak. The parent fabricates a history of false symptoms for the healthy child, which leads to unnecessary diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a form of child abuse. Suspected cases of Munchausen syndrome by proxy merit report to child protective services.

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