Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Mother Fabricates Infant’s Hearing Impairment Research Note
Research Note  |   August 01, 1991
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Gerri Kahn
    University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Ellen Goldman
    University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Requests for reprints should be sent to Gerri Kahn, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Dept of Pediatrics, University Hospital School, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.
Article Information
Hearing / Research Note
Research Note   |   August 01, 1991
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 1991, Vol. 34, 957-959. doi:10.1044/jshr.3404.957
History: Received August 27, 1990 , Accepted October 19, 1990
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, August 1991, Vol. 34, 957-959. doi:10.1044/jshr.3404.957
History: Received August 27, 1990; Accepted October 19, 1990

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a form of child abuse in which a mother causes or simulates her child’s symptoms and presents the child for diagnosis and treatment. All previously reported cases have involved acute illnesses. This case study describes the ways in which a mother obtained a diagnosis of sensorineural hearing loss as well as amplification for her normally hearing infant.

Acknowledgments
The first author gratefully thanks the faculty and staff of the School of Communication Disorders, Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia, for providing facilities for the preparation of this manuscript.
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