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Novel cases: malingering by animal proxy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12539907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Malingering to obtain medications of abuse is well documented in the general medical setting. However, we have found no cases previously reported of such malingering in a veterinary setting. We report five cases submitted by veterinarians in which clients (pet owners) are strongly suspected or confirmed to have been engaging in malingering to obtain controlled medications for their personal use. Cases bear a striking resemblance to malingering in the general medical setting for drugs to abuse. We propose that veterinarians, like their medical counterparts, are potential targets of malingering by their clients for drugs of abuse. Because of their familiarity with this condition, psychiatrists may have a role in training veterinarians to recognize malingering on the part of their human clients. In addition, psychiatrists may benefit from familiarizing themselves with novel forms of malingering, such as are presented in this case series.
H W LeBourgeois; Tonya A Foreman; John W Thompson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1093-6793     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-23     Completed Date:  2003-04-23     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708963     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  520-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anabolic Agents / administration & dosage*
Animals, Domestic*
Benzodiazepines / administration & dosage*
Malingering / diagnosis*
Narcotics / administration & dosage*
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
Thyroxine / administration & dosage*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anabolic Agents; 0/Narcotics; 12794-10-4/Benzodiazepines; 7488-70-2/Thyroxine
Comment In:
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2003;31(3):394-5   [PMID:  14584542 ]

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