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The Mysterious Case of the Bloody Tears

The Mysterious Case of the Bloody Tears
July 01
11:02 2013

A Chilean woman suffers from rare disease which causes tears of blood.

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Photo: 24 horas

The rare disease haemolacria is known as one of the “most alarming and unusual complaints in opthalmology”, as stated in the Indian Journal of Opthalmology. Twenty-year old Yaritza Oliva from Purranque, who cries tears of blood, told 24 horas, “Nobody knows what I need, they don’t know what I have or what to do.”

Until today, only three other cases of haemolacria have been reported.

Oliva was first examined by a professional physician and directly afterwards transferred to the hospital of Puerto Montt, where the doctors gave her eye drops to subdue the pain which was caused by the release of the tears. At first, Chilean doctors believed Yaritza to have an infection or the like, but since then ophthalmologist Dr Alexander Lutz has clarified doubts about these strange conditions.

“Conjunctivitis, no matter if bacterial or viral, looks different and has other symptoms. Allergic conjunctivitis shows big papillae(s), but it is similar enough to be a chronicle source,” said the specialist to the news-team of 24 horas. In his view, these symptoms could be provoked by certain conditions, such as changes in blood clotting (haemophilia), alterations in platelets or drug abuse. It yet has to be investigated if there is any bleeding in other areas.

The illness has not been declared as deadly, but the different victims have to suffer the pain of their condition and cases of discrimination as well.

The three other reported cases are Calvino Inman, a 16-year-old boy from the United States, Twinkle Dwivedi, living in India and 12 at the time when the illness broke out, and Rashida Khatoon from India, as reported by odditycentral.com.

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