Munchausen syndrome by proxy
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Psychiatr Pol 2010;44(2):245-254
Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), is a psychiatric disorder, a particular form of child abuse. An impaired emotional relationship exists mainly between the mother and her child. According to the variety of victims' symptoms, all medicine doctors may deal with this syndrome in every day clinical practice. Still insufficient knowledge about the syndrome and its' rare consideration in the differential diagnosis result in only severe, potentially lethal cases recognition. For many years the rest remains a source of a long-term physical and mental injuries in victims. About 30 years from the first attempt to precisely point the signalling symptoms for a proper diagnosis, we present the current knowledge on epidemiology, aetiology, diagnostic criteria, advised management and psychological portrait of the mother with the syndrome and her child, the syndrome's victim.
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