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What is Koro?

What is Koro ?

Koro is a phobia first described in Malaya. The episode generally starts suddenly.

The patient becomes fearful that his penis will disappear into his abdomen and he will die.

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, MD)

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Latah syndrome

What is Latah?

Latah is a syndrome first described in Malaya that occurs mostly in middle-aged women or elderly women. Latah has been known for many centuries and regarded more as an eccentricity than a disease.

The patients become increasingly fearful and seclusive and may repeat some of his own words (echolalia) ; later on, he will repeat the words on sentences of other people. At first they utters incomprehensible sounds, which later clearly obscene or curse  words which he never  used before (coprolalia).

Similar syndromes have been describes in Siberia, Japan, Philippines, Madagascar, and Congo under different names.

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, MD)

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Amok Syndrome

Did you know that…..

Amok, or “Running Amok“, is a syndrome first described in Malaya ?

Amok was recognized later in other parts of the world, for instance, in the Philippines and in some africans country.

This syndrome occurs in males who have  schizoid personality. During a short prodromal period  these persons become even more withdrawn than usual. All of a sudden, they jump up, yell and kill some people or animals.

After the episodes they show complete amnesia.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)



Mapa de Malaya

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