Chronic koro-like symptoms -- two case reports

Kar, Nilamadhab
January 2005
BMC Psychiatry;2005, Vol. 5, p34
Academic Journal
Background: Koro is a culture bound syndrome, which has been reported usually from Asian countries. It has been described as an acute, brief lasting illness, which often occurs in epidemics. There is no description in literature of a chronic form of this syndrome. Case presentation: Two sporadic cases with koro-like symptoms from East India are presented where the illness had a chronic course with durations spanning more than ten years. In contrast to acute, good prognosis, psycho-education responsive form that is usually seen in epidemics; the chronic form, appeared to be associated with greater morbidity and poorer response to interventions. Conclusion: There is a possibility of a chronic form of koro syndrome.


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