Munchausen syndrome by proxy: Considerations in diagnosis and confirmation by video surveillance

M. A. Epstein, R. L. Markowitz, D. M. Gallo, J. W. Holmes, J. D. Gryboski

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Abstract

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a form of abuse in which the child suffers from a factitious illness induced by a parent. A case report of an 18-month-old boy who suffered from intractable diarrhea because of the surreptitious administration of laxatives by his mother is presented. The evolution of this case is discussed, as are the legal and ethical considerations in the diagnosis of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-224
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume80
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 3 1987

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Epstein, M. A., Markowitz, R. L., Gallo, D. M., Holmes, J. W., & Gryboski, J. D. (1987). Munchausen syndrome by proxy: Considerations in diagnosis and confirmation by video surveillance. Pediatrics, 80(2), 220-224.