Patients with malingering typically present with medical complaints but avoid diagnostic testing.
Symptoms are widely variable. Patients may feign acute illness, long-standing orthopedic injury, or any number of conditions in efforts to receive the desired outcomes. Abdominal pain, chest pain, diarrhea, bleeding, seizures, arthralgia, and weakness are among the most common reported symptoms in malingering.
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Z76.5 – Malingerer [conscious simulation]
23268009 – Malingering
Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls