Factitious injury of an extremity: A Munchausen variant

A. M. Yinnon, G. Zandman-Goddard, J. Moreb, R. Z. Fisch, A. S. Abraham

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Self-induced injury of one or more of the extremities may represent a distinct variety of Munchausen syndrome. The nature of the inury may be infectious, dermatologic or orthopedic. The mechanism may be secondary gain or another unconscious motivation that causes a craving for attention. In many cases, the underlying psychopathology is personality disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-191
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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