A rare case: the patient is sweating blood in Italy

Excessive sweating can lead to unpleasant sensations and stains on clothing, but at least you sweat then. But an Italian patient sweats blood. 21-year-old patient was admitted to a medical examination after three years of bleeding from her hands and face. No cuts were not anything that could have caused the bleeding. She was so bad that it closed and was suffering from deep depression and panic attacks.

A rare case: the patient is sweating blood in Italy

After observing the patient and treating her for depression and anxiety, the Florentine doctors diagnosed her "gematogidroz" rare disorder "sweat blood". Even today, no one knows what causes it, and some are skeptical about its existence. Analysis of the patient's skin did not reveal anything unusual, the researchers reported in the journal Canadian Medical Association Journal.

According to the comments of the CMAJ, in diagnoses of bloody sweat long history. Mention of the bloody sweat were still at the Aristotle in the third century BC, as well as throughout the Middle Ages. I disorder is a clear religious connotation, given its association with religious relic, Veil of Veronica, which, according to legend, emerged the face of Christ. In 2012, a textbook on dermatology wrote that the disorder "has not been scientifically validated", although the authors did not deny its existence. Michel Sholtsberg, hematologist in hospital communication. Michael in Toronto, told the CBC, that this case was "most unusual".

commentary in the CMAJ author, medical historian Hakalin Duffin from Queen's University in Ontario, studied 42 medical articles on this disorder since 1880. She noted that nearly half of these articles accounted for the last five years, but many still doubt the existence of this disorder. "Oddly enough, in this seemingly secular world gematogidroza old association with religious mystery complicates the adoption of its existence," she writes.

In the end, the Italian scientists decided to treat the patient's beta-blocker propranolol as patients treated in the past. It worked, but it did not stop the bleeding completely.