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Koro epidemic in north-east India.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3869009     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Koro is an unusual psychogenic syndrome reported, until recently, predominantly in men of the Chinese race who live in southern China and south-east Asia. Issues concerning its phenomenology, diagnosis and nosology are still controversial. This paper describes an epidemic of koro in north-east India. A psychiatric analysis of thirty-one cases is presented. Probable reasons for the rapid spread of the illness are discussed. The majority of the individuals affected were from the lower socio-economic strata, were poorly educated and in the age group of 20-40 years. Many women were affected. There was no evidence of significant premorbid or sexual psychopathology in most cases. Some patients had a number of episodes but with only minor residual symptoms. The author compares these findings with earlier reports and discusses the implications for its nosology and psychodynamics.
P S Sachdev
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1985 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-04-29     Completed Date:  1986-04-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  433-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Disease Outbreaks*
Educational Status
Mental Disorders / psychology*
Middle Aged

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