A man in North Carolina was pulled over by the police on the suspicion of drunk driving. Though the main claimed to have not consumed alcohol, he refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was then taken to a hospital where it was found that his blood alcohol levels were off the charts. He was diagnosed with gut fermentation syndrome.
It was later found that the man has a rare medical condition called ABS (auto-brewery syndrome), also known as gut fermentation syndrome. This condition occurs when there is usually yeast in the digestive system that converts the carbohydrates into alcohol. This rare condition will cause self-intoxication of the body. The study was conducted by BMJ Open Gastroenterology.
The main underwent antifungal medication to fight the yeast in his body, caused by gut fermentation syndrome. The study reports that the characteristics of the man changed, and he became more depressed and experienced memory loss and excessive aggression.
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3 years after the arrest, he began a new treatment at Ohio by a recommended doctor. He began an anti-carbohydrate diet along with special supplements. However, the treatment was still unsuccessful.
It seems that once he was so intoxicated by his body alcohol that he fell and caused bleeding in his brain. It was after all this that he approached the researchers at the Richmond University Medical Center. They believe that the antibiotics that he took years ago altered his “gut microbiome” that allows his body to now promote the growth of fungus. They then used antifungal therapy and probiotics to minimize the effects of the fungus, which seems to be working.
This is a condition that is treatable with dietary modifications, appropriate antifungal therapy, and possibly probiotics. The use of probiotics and faecal microbiota transplantation could be considered for future studies.Richmon University Researchers
Gut fermentation syndrome is a generic term to describe the man’s condition. It is very rarely diagnosed and is often mistaken for high intoxication through drinking. The researchers from Richmond advise doctors to look for signs of Gut fermentation syndrome especially when patients with high blood alcohol levels claim that they haven’t consumed alcohol.