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Woman urinates alcohol in world-first case

Posted on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020 | Comment icon 18 comments

Who knew you could brew alcohol inside your own bladder. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Brendio
A 61-year-old has been diagnosed with a unique condition that causes her bladder to act like a brewery.
The woman, who hails from Pennsylvania, had been on a liver transplant list for years due to existing medical conditions but was repeatedly rejected due to the presence of alcohol in her urine - something that doctors kept assuming was due to an ongoing addiction problem.

Frustrated with the situation and ignoring advice to seek out help for alcohol abuse, she took things into her own hands and sought advice at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

After conducting tests, specialists found no trace of ethyl glucuronide or ethyl sulfate - two substances typically associated with the consumption of alcohol. They also found no sign of ethanol in her blood.

This begged the question - where was the alcohol in her urine actually coming from ?
The answer, it turned out, was that the woman was suffering from a never-before-seen condition (now known as 'bladder fermentation syndrome') which caused her bladder to act like a brewery due to the excess sugar from her diabetes combined with a certain strain of yeast known as Candida glabrata.

"I think the biggest reason for the patient to develop this condition is her poorly controlled diabetes because the bladder environment with high levels of glucose is definitely an optimistic condition for the growth and activity of the yeast," study author Kenichi Tamama told IFLScience.

Fortunately the woman is now receiving treatment to rid her of the condition.

With any luck, she'll finally be eligible for the liver transplant she so desperately needs.

Source: Unilad.co.uk | Comments (18)

Tags: Alcohol

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rolltide on 26 February, 2020, 22:49
This has already been done, it's called Bud Light..
Comment icon #10 Posted by qxcontinuum on 26 February, 2020, 23:31
This can only happen in America
Comment icon #11 Posted by llegendary on 27 February, 2020, 15:54
mmmmmm.....p*** tastes like Bud Light.
Comment icon #12 Posted by aztek on 27 February, 2020, 17:31
an alcoholic's dream
Comment icon #13 Posted by jpeniel333 on 27 February, 2020, 19:03
Actually, no it's not.  What you are thinking of is "Auto-brewery syndrome" which is similar but produces alcohol in the digestive system.  This one produces alcohol in the Bladder.  Not the same but similar and thus I do understand how you'd think it was well known.  You'd be somewhat correct to that degree.
Comment icon #14 Posted by aztek on 27 February, 2020, 20:21
does it mean it enters bloodstream and will be detected by a breathalyzer?   decades ago i heard a story about a guy in japan, who had it, no one would hire him, he smelled like morning after heavy drinking. yet he never touched any alcohol
Comment icon #15 Posted by Robotic Jew on 28 February, 2020, 17:42
Suddenly...I'm very thirsty. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by moonman on 28 February, 2020, 18:53
Why is there no barf emoji?
Comment icon #17 Posted by jpeniel333 on 10 March, 2020, 15:02
The digestive system is how things get into the blood stream in the first place.  Yes.
Comment icon #18 Posted by AnneWithAnE on 15 March, 2020, 6:42
Wow. Ok. If I had this condition I'd be bottling it and making a fortune.

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