Genital retraction syndrome in a Korean woman. A case of koro in Hungary

Attila Kovács, Péter Osváth

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Abstract

Koro is a culture-specific psychiatric disorder occurring primarily in Southeast Asian cultures. It is manifested by acute anxiety associated with the fear of genital retraction, accompanied by fear of death induced by the thought that complete disappearance of the genital organ will result in death. Koro has been described in non-Asian patients as well, leading to a debate concerning the culture-specific nature of the syndrome. Giving a psychopathological, nosological definition of this peculiar syndrome is also problematic. In this paper, we report a case of koro in a young, Korean female patient. We briefly present the etiological factors related to the development of the syndrome and the most significant psychopathological characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-224
Number of pages5
JournalPsychopathology
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1998

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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