After a round of antibiotics, a 46-year-old man noticed he was having a hard time walking in a straight line, slurring his speech and having sporadic mood swings. As he was driving to a nearby hospital for a medical opinion, he was stopped by police for a suspected D.U.I. To his amazement, he was well over the legal limit.
The man was taken aback by the officer’s prognosis as he had not had any alcohol in quite some time. In fact, he would barely drink when he went out socially with friends.
Taken to a nearby hospital, doctors ran various tests on the man, but they could not determine what was producing this high alcohol levels.
His BAL was the equivalent to someone who had just had 10 beers in rapid succession, Unilad reported. Doctors chalked it up to the man drinking earlier and not wanting to be truthful on the matter.
The hospital report indicated that both staff and police officers refused to believe him when he repeatedly denied alcohol ingestion. Left without answers, the man went to a clinic in Ohio with the same test results. After taking a stool sample, doctors found trace elements of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a fungus that is found in the making of yeast.
He was diagnosed with auto-brewery syndrome, which in laymen’s terms means his body produced alcohol from any and all carbs he absorbed that day.
The 46-year-old man explained that the diagnosis made sense as he had been experiencing memory loss, disorientation and impaired balance. The clinic doctors found that the antibiotics he was taking earlier caused his bizarre body reaction.
With anti-fungal medicine, the man was able to get his life back on track. Researchers stated: “Approximately one-and-a-half years later, he remains asymptomatic and has resumed his previous lifestyle, including eating a normal diet while still checking his breath alcohol levels sporadically.”
This is definitely one of the oddest diagnoses we’ve heard of.