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As applied to health, this describes a state or condition such as physical blemishes that could be the consequence of illness or injury but is under the subject's voluntary control. Thus, a factitious injury is a deliberate, usually self-inflicted injury. A factitious disorder resembles malingering in some respects, but it may be a symptom of serious mental disorder or of the condition known as Munchausen syndrome, in which often bizarre symptoms and physical signs are fabricated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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