GONZALO E. APONTE
Rapid, unexpected death during sleep of previously healthy Filipino men is a curious phenomenon which, although remarkably stereotyped in its clinicopathologic manifestations, has never been satisfactorily explained. It has been discussed in the American medical literature only occasionally,1 but has been vividly described in a national magazine.2 "Bangungut" (bangŭn'-gŭt) is the Tagalog2 word for nightmare (bangun, to rise, and ungul, to moan), and the victims indeed appear to be subjected to violent, terrifying dreams from which they cannot be awakened. The disorder was officially recognized as an entity in Manila in 1915, and was described in a medical publication of
APONTE GE. THE ENIGMA OF "BANGUNGUT"1. Ann Intern Med. 1960;52:1258–1263. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-52-6-1258
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;52(6):1258-1263.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Lupus Erythematosus, Pancreatic Disease, Rheumatology.
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