Münchausen’s Syndrome in the Form of Factitious Vomiting in A Young Female


Babak Hemmatian Borojen 1 , * , Seyyed Mohammad Salar Zaheriany 2 , Nahid Hemmatian Borojeni 2 , Reza Bidaki 3

1 Undergraduate Clinical Psychology student, Department of Psychology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Undergraduate Medical Student, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor and Chief of Psychiatry service, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran

How to Cite: Hemmatian Borojen B, Salar Zaheriany S M, Borojeni N H, Bidaki R. Münchausen’s Syndrome in the Form of Factitious Vomiting in A Young Female, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2011 ; 5(2):146-49.


Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 5 (2); 146-49
Published Online: December 31, 2011
Article Type: Case Report
Received: September 16, 2010
Revised: August 22, 2010
Accepted: September 19, 2011


This case report describes a 34-year-old female patient who suffered from chronic vomiting. Different diagnostic and therapeutic procedures were noncontributory. Eventually, psychiatric interviews specified that she has a dependent, self-hurting and attention-seeking personality. She wanted to assume the “sick role”. Malingering and conversion disorder were ruled out and Münchausen’s syndrome was proposed. She received sertraline, emotional ventilation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy and her symptoms resolved. .

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: : Hemmatian Borojeni B, Salar Zaheriany SM, Hemmatian Borojeni N, Bidaki R. Münchausen’s syndrome in the form of factitious vomiting in a young female. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 20117T; 5(2):7T146- 9.


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