American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 440–443 | Cite as

A Case of Hematidrosis Successfully Treated with Propranolol

  • Zhaoyue Wang
  • Ziqiang Yu
  • Jian Su
  • Lijuan Cao
  • Xiaojuan Zhao
  • Xia Bai
  • Shenghua Zhan
  • Tianqin Wu
  • Linjuan Jin
  • Pin Zhou
  • Changgeng Ruan
Case Reports

Abstract

We report a typical case of hematidrosis in a Chinese girl who had experienced frequent bleeding episodes for more than 3 years. During hospitalization, spontaneous bleeding from her intact skin was witnessed by our staff on more than 20 occasions. Characteristically, bloody droplets from the intact skin contained all blood components. Histopathologic examination showed some inconspicuous abnormalities, with normal sweat gland structure containing no blood, and bloody exudate also came from some areas that do not contain sweat glands.Webelieve that the blood was mixed with a sweat-like fluid, rather than real sweat. The patient’s bleeding problem was dramatically resolved by treatment with propranolol. We suggest that sympathetic nerve activation might play a role in these events, and that β-adrenoceptor antagonists might be an effective treatment for this disorder.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhaoyue Wang
    • 1
  • Ziqiang Yu
    • 1
  • Jian Su
    • 1
  • Lijuan Cao
    • 1
  • Xiaojuan Zhao
    • 1
  • Xia Bai
    • 1
  • Shenghua Zhan
    • 2
  • Tianqin Wu
    • 3
  • Linjuan Jin
    • 3
  • Pin Zhou
    • 4
  • Changgeng Ruan
    • 1
  1. 1.Jiangsu Institute of HematologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow UniversitySuzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of PathologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow UniversitySuzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of HematologyPLA 100th HospitalSuzhouChina
  4. 4.Institute of Hematology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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