Updated: 11/30/2019

Malingering

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Snapshot
  • A 45-year-old man comes to your office complaining of severe back pain. This is his fourth visit in 2 months. You offer a orthopedic surgery consult which he denies. He has asked you each visit if you would sign a form to receive long-term disability compensation. After much debate during this visit, you decide to sign the form. The patient does not return to your office again.
Introduction

  • Clinical definition
    • patient consciously fakes illness in order to attain secondary gain 
      • e.g., claim disability compensation, attain drugs
    • patients will avoid treatment
Presentation
  • Symptoms
    • vary based on complaint
Prognosis, Prevention, Complications
  • Complaints stop once secondary gain is obtained

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