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Arch Dis Child. 1993 December; 69(6): 625–630.
PMCID: PMC1029641

Follow up of victims of fabricated illness (Munchausen syndrome by proxy).


Fifty four children were studied 1-14 (mean 5.6) years after fabrications of illness had been identified. Thirty of the 54 children were living in families with their biological mothers and 24 were with other family members or in substitute families. Further fabrications were identified for 10 children who had been living with their mothers and there were 'other concerns' for a further eight children. Thirteen children residing with mother and 14 not residing with mother at follow up had a range of disorders including conduct and emotional disorders, and problems related to school, including difficulties in attention and concentration and non-attendance. Overall, 20 children (49% of those successfully followed up) had outcomes that were considered to be unacceptable.

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