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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 478-480

A curious case of sweating blood

Department of Dermatology, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Saugato Biswas
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.119964

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Hematohidrosis is a very rare condition in which an individual sweats blood. It may occur in an individual who is suffering from extreme levels of stress. Various causative factors have been suggested like component of systemic disease, vicarious menstruation, excessive exertion, psychogenic, and unknown causes. Fear and intense mental contemplation are the most frequent causes. It may also occur in bleeding disorders. We here report a case where bloody sweat was discharged from the forehead, face, and body episodically in a 12-year-old healthy girl with no bleeding disorder or any other underlying cause. All investigations done were within normal limits, except low intelligent quotient and loss of insight. The patient was given atropine sulphate transdermal patch with marked improvement in severity.

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