Man Cries Blood Spontaneously in Bizarre Medical Mystery

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Halloween may be over, but there are still plenty of spooky happenings to keep you up at night. Take the case of a 52-year-old man who attended an emergency room in Italy with blood oozing from his eyes.

The man had been going about his day when his eyes suddenly started seeping scarlet tears. Two hours later, he was being examined by medical staff. The tears initially stopped after several minutes, but then restarted before he presented at the ER, doctors reported Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The man hadn't experienced any trauma to his eyes, eye cavities or nose, and had never bled from his peepers before, he told clinicians. He didn't usually bruise easily, the authors stated, and had no history of bleeding gums or nasal hemorrhage.

Observations revealed the man had a slight excess of blood in the vessels of the conjunctiva—a membrane that coats the inside of the eyelids. Doctors found no swelling in the eyelids or around the eyes.

The man's eyesight and eye movements were normal, and the bloody tears stopped by themselves within an hour.

Doctors found birthmarks called hemangiomas inside both eyelids. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are red, rubbery clumps of extra blood vessels. They usually expand until the age of one, before gradually shrinking. The marks can leave faint discoloration and extra skin once they have receded.

The man began a course of eye drops when he left the clinic. A year later, doctors reported, his tears stayed blood-free.

Called haemolacria, bloody tears are a rare phenomenon associated with things like infection, trauma to the eye area, and vascular tumors, the doctors added. The authors did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

In other unusual ocular news, doctors in the U.K. reported finding a contact lens that had been lost for almost three decades in a woman's eyelid. A doctor on the case previously told Newsweek this nightmare scenario was "exceptional." "I would like to reassure patients that contact lenses are safe when used appropriately," the doctor added.

Back in June, medical staff reported a young boy had burned a hole in his eye with a laser pointer. The overpowered laser caused permanent damage to the child's vision, and after 18 months his condition had not improved.

In another unusual case, three women who attended the same college told CBS News they had all developed the same rare eye cancer. Doctors were baffled by a spike in ocular melanoma cases in the towns of Auburn, Alabama—where the women attended university—and Huntersville, North Carolina.