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Healthcare professionals need to look out for fabricated illness in children: McMaster professor
Date:8/25/2013

re the signs or symptoms do not seem credible, MacMillan said. The authors say there is no typical presentation and a child might show up with anything from bleeding or seizures to a urinary tract infection or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

"It really comes down to conducting a very careful history and physical examination, with an emphasis on communication with all health care providers who have seen the child," said MacMillan. "It's important that we are thorough in seeking comprehensive information about contact with healthcare providers, while adhering to privacy legislation."

Communication among professionals is critical, she said, because a child could be seen in many different settings. "This is the type of condition where it is essential for clinicians to review medical records and speak with other healthcare providers to have complete information in conducting their assessment."


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Contact: Susan Emigh
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McMaster University
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