[Munchausen syndrome in a 66-year-old patient]

Praxis (Bern 1994). 1997 May 14;86(20):850-5.
[Article in German]


The study of a 66 year old woman's medical chart revealed many discordant elements, leading to the diagnosis of Munchausen's syndrome. The patient had been treated over a period of 20 years at the Medical polyclinic for a variety of symptoms concerning virtually all organs. Her son's chart similarly contains discordant elements, rising the suspicion of a Munchausen Syndrome "by proxy". With this case report, historical aspects and the therapeutic challenge of this syndrome are outlined.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Munchausen Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Munchausen Syndrome / psychology
  • Munchausen Syndrome / therapy
  • Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy / diagnosis
  • Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy / psychology
  • Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy / therapy
  • Patient Care Team
  • Shared Paranoid Disorder / diagnosis
  • Shared Paranoid Disorder / psychology
  • Shared Paranoid Disorder / therapy