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Author(s): Ibrahim TURKCUER | Mustafa SERINKEN | Cem SENGUL | Mert OZEN

Journal: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1304-7361

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 38;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Emergency department | Münchausen syndrome | malingering | factitious disorder.

ABSTRACT
Malingering and Münchausen Syndrome (a subgroup of factitious disorder) were difficult conditions for emergency physicians to deal with. Münchausen Syndrome was characterized with intentional production or feigning of physical or psychological signs or symptoms. Malingering is fabricating or exaggerating the symptoms of mental or physical disorders for a variety of “secondary gain” motives, which may include financial compensation, avoiding punishment or obligations like school, work or military service. In this report we presented a case of malingering, who fabricated symptoms of severe pain for obtaining opiates from emergency department.
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