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What are the symptoms of Munchausen syndrome?

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Munchausen is a type of mental illness that makes people fake or exaggerate an illness. They sometimes hurt themselves or contaminate test samples. Other warning signs include:

  • Dramatic but inconsistent medical history
  • Unclear symptoms that change or get worse with treatment
  • Deep medical knowledge or familiarity with hospitals
  • Presence of multiple surgical scars
  • New or additional symptoms after negative test results
  • Symptoms appear only when the person is with others or being observed
  • Eagerness for medical tests, operations, or other procedures
  • History of medical treatments at many different hospitals and clinics, sometimes in different cities

From: Munchausen Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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Mayo Clinic: "Munchausen Syndrome."

emedicine: "Munchausen Syndrome."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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