These Are Some Of The Strangest Medical Cases Of All Time

Doctors see a lot of things that most of us wouldn't want to. hxdbzxy/Shutterstock

Josh Davis 26 Sep 2018, 15:49

After three months, he decided that he should probably see a doctor, who, after running a host of tests to check he didn’t have any infections, concluded that it was probably because the tattoo needle went too deep. They tried draining the excess blood to no avail, and rather than undergoing further surgery, the man decided to leave things as they were as it was no longer painful, and he could still get a full erection. As you were.

Leaking Brain Fluid

Pilates can be more dangerous than you'd think. ZephyrMedia/Shutterstock

After attending a pilates class, a 42-year-old British woman went to the doctors reporting that she kept having persistent headaches. It turns out that the exercise class had ruptured the outer covering of her brain or spinal cord – the exact location was never identified – causing her brain fluid to leak out.

During the class, she felt a "pop" at the back of her neck, and then started to develop headaches that only went away when she lay down. After visiting the doctors, the woman was diagnosed with a neck muscle injury, only for the headaches to gradually get worse. Eventually, after weeks of checks, an MRI finally showed pools of blood outside of the brain, and pockets of spinal fluid outside of the spine.

After two weeks of bed rest and pain relief, it seems that the women got back to normal, although no doubt took extra care when doing anything that might raise the pressure in her neck muscles. 


The smell can seriously affect people's lives. Ezume Images/Shutterstock

People who have a mutation in the FMO3 gene end up with a really rare metabolic disorder that results in these unlucky people producing a horribly pungent body odor that has been likened to rotting eggs, rotting fish, garbage, and pee. Charming.

It results from the body’s inability to produce an enzyme that breaks down trimethylamine, which is produced when the bacteria in your gut breaks down proteins found in eggs, liver, legumes, and some fish, among other foods. Usually, the FMO3 enzyme breaks the foul-smelling trimethylamine down into odorless compounds, but when FMO3 is mutated the stinky molecule builds up in the body and is released through sweat, urine, and the breath.

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