Koro Like Syndrome with Genital Retraction Fear in Two Nepalese Men: A Case Series

Authors

  • Yojana Shakya Department of Psychiatry, NAMS, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Abdulla Nazim Department of Psychiatry, NAMS, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Devavrat Joshi Department of Psychiatry, NAMS, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jpan.v10i2.49010

Keywords:

Anxiety disorder, Culture bound syndrome, Genital Retraction, Koro

Abstract

Koro is a culture bound syndrome exclusive to the South Chinese and Malay Archipelago, although similar cases have been reported outside its boundaries. The hallmark of the classic koro syndrome entails grave fear of penile shrinkage along with its disappearance into the abdomen by retracting inwards and inevitable death upon complete retraction. Absence of this triad of symptoms, or if the syndrome is encountered outside the geographical confines of South-East Asia or China, it is referred to as “koro-like” or “atypical koro”. Here, we report two cases with features of Koro, who presented to the Lagankhel Mental Hospital OPD.

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Author Biographies

Yojana Shakya, Department of Psychiatry, NAMS, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Resident

Abdulla Nazim, Department of Psychiatry, NAMS, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Junior Resident

Devavrat Joshi, Department of Psychiatry, NAMS, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Associate Professor

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Shakya, Y., Nazim, A., & Joshi, D. (2021). Koro Like Syndrome with Genital Retraction Fear in Two Nepalese Men: A Case Series. Journal of Psychiatrists’ Association of Nepal, 10(2), 50–52. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpan.v10i2.49010

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Case Report