International Journal of Clinical Medicine Vol. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Received April 25 th , ; revised May 30 th , ; accepted June 12 th , Gut Fermentation Syndrome also known as Auto-Brewery Syndrome is a relatively unknown phenomenon in modern medicine. Very few articles have been written on the syndrome and most of them are anecdotal. This article presents a case study of a 61 years old male with a well documented case of Gut Fermentation Syndrome verified with glucose and carbohydrate challenges.
Free beer: Great. Beer that ferments inside your stomach without you knowing why you're getting drunk: Not so great. In a case study published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal Open Gastroenterology, doctors describe a patient who repeatedly had elevated blood alcohol levels but denied ever drinking a drop. The cause: a rare condition known as "auto-brewery syndrome," or ABS, which causes the carbohydrates one ingests to turn into alcohol, fermented by fungi or bacteria in the gastrointestinal system. However, the researchers do propose treatment that could be tested in future studies. The unnamed year-old man in the BMJ case study, published in August, was otherwise healthy and had no other major medical condition before January , when he began experiencing memory loss, mental changes and episodes of depression. The changes occurred after he began taking antibiotics for a traumatic thumb injury, and after he completed the 3-week antibiotic course, he reported an uncharacteristic depression, "brain fog" and aggression.
Auto-brewery syndrome ABS also known as gut fermentation syndrome , endogenous ethanol fermentation or drunkenness disease is a condition characterized by the fermentation of ingested carbohydrates in the gastrointestinal tract of the body caused by bacteria or fungi. Another variant, urinary auto-brewery syndrome, is when the fermentation occurs in the urinary bladder rather than the gut. Claims of endogenous fermentation have been attempted as a defense against drunk driving charges, but these are without merit. This disease can have profound effects on everyday life.
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