By Sophie O’Hara | February 25, 2020
According to reports, an unidentified woman in Pittsburg, PA is suffering from a condition called “bladder fermentation syndrome” which causes her to urinate alcohol.
Pretty wild, huh?
A woman who started urinating alcohol due to a never-before-seen condition was accused of being an alcoholic by baffled doctors.
The unidentified 61-year-old was put on a waiting list for a liver transplant after suffering cirrhosis, a condition synonymous with alcohol abuse.
Two teams of doctors believed she was hiding an addiction when urine tests for the drug were repeatedly positive.
But she was eventually diagnosed with bladder fermentation syndrome after seeing specialists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. [The Daily Mail]
This syndrome apparently causes her bladder to recreate a fermentation system similar to beer, where carbohydrate grains are broken down into alcohol.
Further examinations found high levels of Candida glabrata, yeast naturally produced by the body, were accumulating in her bladder when she ingested sugar.
The yeast is similar to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a fungus known as brewer’s yeast because it’s used by beer-makers to convert carbohydrates in grains into alcohol.
Tests showed this conversion process was taking place inside the patient’s bladder. [The Daily Mail]
That’s absolutely crazy, right?
The human body is a wonderful and frightening thing…
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