Munchausen's syndrome simulating torsion dystonia

M. L. Batshaw, R. C. Wachtel, A. W. Deckel, P. J. Whitehouse, H. Moses, L. J. Fochtman, R. Eldridge

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Therapy of Munchausen's syndrome has generally been unsuccessful. Psychotherapy has been of little benefit, and the patients have usually left to reestablish themselves at other hospitals. There have been a few short-term successes with behavior modification techniques. This case is presented to emphasize the importance of distinguishing organically based torsion dystonia from dystonia of psychological origin, and the difficulty in doing this under certain circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1437-1439
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume312
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Dystonia Musculorum Deformans
Munchausen Syndrome
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Batshaw, M. L., Wachtel, R. C., Deckel, A. W., Whitehouse, P. J., Moses, H., Fochtman, L. J., & Eldridge, R. (1985). Munchausen's syndrome simulating torsion dystonia. New England Journal of Medicine, 312(22), 1437-1439.

Munchausen's syndrome simulating torsion dystonia. / Batshaw, M. L.; Wachtel, R. C.; Deckel, A. W.; Whitehouse, P. J.; Moses, H.; Fochtman, L. J.; Eldridge, R.

In: New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 312, No. 22, 1985, p. 1437-1439.

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Batshaw, ML, Wachtel, RC, Deckel, AW, Whitehouse, PJ, Moses, H, Fochtman, LJ & Eldridge, R 1985, 'Munchausen's syndrome simulating torsion dystonia', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 312, no. 22, pp. 1437-1439.
Batshaw ML, Wachtel RC, Deckel AW, Whitehouse PJ, Moses H, Fochtman LJ et al. Munchausen's syndrome simulating torsion dystonia. New England Journal of Medicine. 1985;312(22):1437-1439.
Batshaw, M. L. ; Wachtel, R. C. ; Deckel, A. W. ; Whitehouse, P. J. ; Moses, H. ; Fochtman, L. J. ; Eldridge, R. / Munchausen's syndrome simulating torsion dystonia. In: New England Journal of Medicine. 1985 ; Vol. 312, No. 22. pp. 1437-1439.
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