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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 8, Issue 6, Pages 439-442
Case Report

Munchausen’s Syndrome Presenting as Hemoptysis in a 12-Year-Old Girl

Candice L Bjornson and Valerie G Kirk

Department of Pediatrics, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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The case of Munchausen’s syndrome presenting as hemop-tysis in a 12-year-old girl is presented. The features of Munchausen's syndrome are reviewed. Munchausen’s syndrome should be included in the differential diagnosis of hemoptysis in a child, especially when accompanied by a dramatic presentation, changing symptoms and negative diagnostic investigations.