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What causes Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP)?

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Doctors don't know the exact cause of MSP, but some think that a history of abuse or neglect as a child, or the early loss of a parent may be factors in its development. Some evidence suggests that major stress, such as marital problems, can trigger MSP.

From: Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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MedlinePlus: "Munchausen syndrome by proxy."

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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