CASE HISTORIES OF BRAIN FAG SYNDROME IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATES

Dr. Aghukwa N. C.

Available online Jul 19, 2018.

[ Original ] Volume 23, Issue 4, 2014, Pages 315-320


Abstract

Background: Brain fag syndrome since the 1960s was identified as a medical problem among Nigerian students
and till date there are varying opinions on its aetiology and classification. Recently it was grouped among the
culture bound syndromes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Diseases (IV).This is a critical report on the
clinical presentations of the brain fag syndrome in Nigerian undergraduate students.
Method: Previous literatures on brain fag syndrome were carefully reviewed and related to the syndrome
presentations in the presently reported cases.
Results: The clinical findings indicate underlying primary memory problems in the students and
secondary other manifestations like depression,anxiety,and varying somatic complaints.
Conclusion: Brain fag syndrome might be a primarily reversible dysfunction of the working memory circuitry
with multiple predispositions and precipitants


Keywords

Brain fag syndrome, aetiology, nosology,

October December 2014

Volume 23 | Issue 4

Page Nos. 315-320

Online since Jul 13, 2018

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