Two Otolaryngologic Cases of Munchausen's Syndrome

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Yorgancilar E., DEMİR B., AK S., TOPÇU İ., SENNAROĞLU L.

TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI, vol.32, no.4, pp.1179-1182, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Munchausen's Syndrome is characterized by repeated attempts to be hospitalized following an extremely credible and dramatic representation of physical symptoms. This syndrome is commonly known as a factitious disorder. People with factitious disorders act this way not to achieve a concrete benefit, such as financial gain. Munchausen's Syndrome is often diagnosed after hospitalization. Early diagnosis is crucial for preventing high healthcare costs and facing ethical and legal problems. We believe that Munchausen's Syndrome related to otolaryngologic diseases is under-recognized and under-reported. In this article, two cases of Munchausen's Syndrome, genuine by their ear and nose factitious signs, are presented.