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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-52

Factitious disorder in Saudi Arabia: A report of two cases

College of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Tariq A Al-Habeeb
Assistant Professor and Consultant, Head, Division of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, P.O. Box 7805, Riyadh 11472
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 23008597

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Factitious disorders are characterized by physical or psychological manifestations that are intentionally produced or feigned with no apparent external incentives in order to assume the sick role. These disorders are rarely reported or may be under-reported in Saudi patients. We describe here two male and female Saudi cases of such disorders. Both presented predominantly with features of Munchausen's syndrome. Like most psychiatric patients both had sought help from traditional healers prior to their reporting to the hospitals. Inspite of the socio-cultural factors, it is clear that doctors' awareness and acceptance of the possibility of factitious disorders is a prerequisite to making the diagnosis.

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