Munchausen syndrome (MS) is a well-defined clinical psychiatric entity. Furthermore, it is a complicated and intriguing problem in medicine in general and in obstetrics and gynecology in particular. The proportion of MS cases in obstetrics and gynecology is rising. This review covers relevant reports from the last four decades. Emphasis is put on the clinical expression of MS cases in obstetrics and gynecology. A discussion about their validity as such is included. Awareness of attending physicians to this type of illness in the era of patient rights, on the one hand, and the existence of defensive medicine on the other, is crucial.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|State||Published - Dec 2002|