A Rare Reason in an Infant Who Presented With Recurrent Bleeding: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome

Fatih Demircioglu, Mervan Bekdas, Sevil Bilir Goksugur, Cemalettin Gunes, Osman Yildirim


Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a psychiatric condition and form of child abuse in which a caregiver, usually a mother, induces illness in a child to gain attention for herself. Here, we reported an 8-month-old girl who presented with spontaneous bleeding from ear, eye and gastrointestinal system. The girl was investigated thoroughly by pediatricians for all possible bleeding disorders, but there was no conclusive diagnosis. Munchausen syndrome by proxy was diagnosed with a multidisciplinary approach. For dinscriptive diagnosis of these patients, thinking about the Munchausen syndrome by proxy will decrease unnecessary examinations and it will prevent threated exploitation of lives of these children.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(7):385-387
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/jmc1289w


Munchausen by proxy syndrome; Recurrent bleeding; Infant

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