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19 September 2022 : Case report  Malaysia

[In Press] The Agony of the Mystical Practice of Susuk: A Case Report

Educational Purpose (only if useful for a systematic review or synthesis), Rare coexistence of disease or pathology

Mohamad Faris Rusydi Rusly1ABEF, Mazapuspavina Md Yasin1AE, Khairatul Nainey Kamaruddin1CDE, Nik Munirah Nik Mohd Nasir1E, Khariah Mat Nor2DE

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.937633

Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.937633  

Available online: 2022-09-19, In Press, Corrected Proof

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Abstract

BACKGROUND
Charm needle, otherwise known as susuk, is a needle-shaped pin inserted subcutaneously into various body parts. It is most commonly inserted by shamans in the orofacial region to grant magical powers to the wearer, such as health, wealth, beauty, and other benefits. These talismans are prevalent among women in South-East Asia countries.
CASE REPORT
A 75-year-old woman presented with recurrent musculoskeletal symptoms over multiple sites, but physical assessment only revealed mild tenderness over the right hip joint. A plain pelvic radiograph showed incidental findings of susuk around the genital regions, with older skull and pelvic radiograph displaying similar findings. The patient had a susuk insertion more than 20 years ago for marriage stability and beauty. After this incidental discovery, the patient had repeated visits to the clinic to request more imaging to determine whether the susuk were still present after the shaman’s attempted mystical removal. She also developed persistent preoccupation, worry, and guilt related to the susuk presence and was referred to psychiatry for further assessment. She was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. She was then started on psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment, with simultaneous spiritual therapy.
CONCLUSIONS
This case report describes the link between susuk implantation and psychological illness. Even though there are no reports that specifically correlate susuk with generalized anxiety disorder, it has been established that guilt and shame have a strong relationship with anxiety.

Keywords: Foreign Bodies; Needles; Physicians, Primary Care

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