Tears of BloodAn American who cries tears of blood desperately wants to know why he has been afflicted but no-one call tell him for sure.

The bleeding started when Tennessee man Michael Spann was 22. "I felt like I got hit in the head with a sledgehammer," he said. "I never felt anything like it."

His mother suffered the shocking experience of seeing him with blood streaming from his eyes, nose and mouth. It became a daily occurrence but seven years later it still happens about once or twice a week. The headaches however have not gone away.

A neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic told him he had a very rare idiopathic condition, a disease without an apparent cause. Dr James Fleming, an ophthalmologist in Memphis, thinks the condition may not be as rare as some doctors think.

Over an 11-year period, he and colleagues saw four patients with bloody tears of an unknown cause. "Most of these were relatively young patients," Fleming said. "As they matured, the bleeding decreased, subsided and then stopped."

The condition has left Mr Spann a virtual recluse. "Any job I get I lose because my eyes start bleeding and they can’t keep me on. Obviously, I can’t be a waiter and work in any public thing because you are bleeding.”

Source: The Courier-Mail