ISSN 2564-7784 | E-ISSN 2564-7040
Case Report
Munchausen Syndrome: An Adolescent Injuring Her Mother and Herself
1 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Gaziantep University School of Medicine, Gaziantep, Turkey  
Eur J Ther ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/EurJTher.2018.388
Abstract

 

Munchausen syndrome is characterized by physical symptoms that are produced by the individual to present as an ill person. Patients in this group may present with various symptoms such as neurological, hematologic and gastrointestinal problems; this is one of the reasons that make it difficult to diagnose. We report the case of a 16 year old female was admitted to the Pediatric Surgery Clinic after appendectomy due to abdominal pain, bleeding from the umbilicus and bulging on the operation zone and laboratory tests performed were found to be in the normal range. On the continuation of the hemorrhage and doubt that it may be the center of bleeding; the wound area was explored in the operating room conditions, but no bleeding center was found. The patient was consulted to our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. It was learned that the patient had been taking care of the mother‘s care and also houseworks. In the laboratory examination made from blood sample in the umbilical area, it was determined that the blood was incompatible with the patient and that she took the blood from her mother with injector. The child was getting away from difficult life conditions for a period of time during hospitalization and the workload on her was diminishing. These individuals may apply with an acute disease scenario, which are particularly caused by self injurious behaviour, for which reason they may be exposed to invasive diagnostic procedures. Munchausen Syndrome is considered when there is absence of underlying organic pathology.

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