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Munchausen syndrome by proxy and pediatric nephrology Volume 13, issue 6, 2017-11-01

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1 IntroductionMunchhausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP) is a behavioral pattern in which a caregiver creates, exaggerates or induces mental or physical illnesses in someone who is in his/her care, in order to gain the attention of medical providers and others [1].Typical victims may be males or females, usually 4 years of age or less, and they averaged 21,8 months from onset of symptoms to diagnosis; mothers are perpetrators in 3 cases on 4 [2].This syndrome was first described in 1977 by Meadow: he described [...]