Klüver-Bucy syndrome is a rare behavioral impairment that is associated with damage to both of the anterior temporal lobes of the brain. The amygdala has been a particularly implicated brain region in the pathogenesis of this syndrome.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Progressive subcortical gliosis
- Rett syndrome
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
It causes individuals to put objects in their mouths and engage in inappropriate sexual behavior. Other symptoms may include:
- Visual agnosia (inability to visually recognize objects)
- Loss of normal fear and anger responses
- Memory loss
It is rare for humans to manifest all of the identified symptoms of the syndrome; three or more are required for diagnosis.
There is no cure for Klüver-Bucy syndrome. The disorder is not life-threatening, but the patient can be difficult to manage. With treatment, symptoms may slowly decline.
Treatment is symptomatic and supportive, and may include drug therapy.