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Thesaurus Term : Illness Induction Syndrome

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A phenomenon in which symptoms of a disease are fabricated by an individual other than the patient causing unnecessary, and often painful, physical examinations and treatments. This syndrome is considered a form of child abuse, since another individual, usually a parent, is the source of the fabrication of symptoms and presents the child for medical care. This may follow several patterns: (1) failure-to-thrive through withholding of food; (2) allegation of allergy and withholding of food; (3) allegation and fabrication of medical symptoms; and (4) active interference by poisoning or disrupting medical treatment. (adapted from MeSH)
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