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Cancer pathomimicry: a report of three cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  580273     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three cases of alleged and feigned cancer are presented. The diagnostic and management problems presented are discussed through a review of the literature of feigned illness. This ranges across a spectrum from benign use of feigned or alleged symptoms, malingering, conversion reactions and hysterical manifestations to the severe and flamboyant clinical presentation of the Munchausen Syndrome. The cases presented mainly fit the criterion for malingering (conscious prevarication and simulation), although some elements of the Munchausen dynamics were present in two of the three. Also noteworthy was the fact that the "cancers" were presented to administration and lay people as an initial communication. The psychiatric consultation was with the lay people initially and the events of each episode were reconstructed through multiple sources of information including clinical interviews in two of the cases.
V J D'Andrea
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of clinical psychiatry     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0160-6689     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1978 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-05-17     Completed Date:  1978-05-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801243     Medline TA:  J Clin Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Hysteria / diagnosis,  psychology
Malingering / diagnosis,  psychology*
Munchausen Syndrome / diagnosis,  psychology

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