Psychiatric Munchausen's syndrome. Literature review with case reports

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1988 May;77(5):497-503. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1988.tb05160.x.


The present study reviews the literature on Munchausen's syndrome. In a psychiatric hospital, out of a total of 775 admissions under the age of 65 in 1986, four patients were diagnosed as having Munchausen's syndrome (0.5%). The underlying pathology of these cases is discussed and suggestions for management and further research made.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • England
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Munchausen Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Munchausen Syndrome / psychology*