Pseudoadolescent Munchausen syndrome

Andrew Shaner, Spencer Eth

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Munchausen syndrome has not been reported in adolescents. We report two cases in young adults who, because they feigned adolescence, were first seen by pediatricians and then treated on a locked adolescent psychiatric ward. Their presentations resembled Munchausen syndrome, but included prominent factitious psychological symptoms as well as factitious physical symptoms. These cases are discussed in relation to the syndrome's classification, natural history, and associated character pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-565
Number of pages5
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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