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March 1983

Factitious Hemoptysis: The Case of the Red Towel

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Respiratory Medicine (Drs Feinsilver and Raffin) and the Department of Medicine (Drs Kornei, Sullivan, and Smith), Stanford (Calif) University Medical Center. Dr Feinsilver is now with Brown University, Prospect, RI, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Providence, RI.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(3):567-568. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350030181032

• A perplexing case of apparent submassive hemoptysis in a young woman was discovered to be a case of factitious illness to attract medical attention. The case fits most of the accepted criteria for Munchausen's syndrome. Variants of this syndrome are reviewed. It is often not recognized that factitious illness is frequently seen in otherwise well-socialized persons, often health professionals (as in this case).

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:567-568)

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