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Doctors Discover Booze Brewing In Sober Woman's Bladder


Added 02-25-20 02:16:03pm EST - “The 61-year-old patient was denied a liver transplant because doctors thought she was hiding an alcohol abuse problem.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Doctors Discover Booze Brewing In Sober Woman's Bladder”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A 61-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was seeking a liver transplant caused quite a brouhaha after doctors tested her urine and discovered the presence of alcohol.

The patient insisted that she had not been drinking that day, but doctors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Medical Center were skeptical. Since excessive drinking can harm the liver, they pushed her to enter an alcohol abuse treatment program instead, according to The Washington Post.

But the woman kept insisting she wasn’t an alcoholic and she showed no signs of visible impairment from drinking.

Eventually, doctors discovered that the real trouble was brewing in her bladder. The organ was producing alcohol on its own, according to a case study published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

It seems the woman suffered from urinary auto-brewery syndrome, which caused her bladder to make alcohol.

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