Weird syndromes

I know it’s not just about genetics, but I’m always astonished by these names. I show you a group of my favourite ones:

  • Air controllers syndrome: Peptic ulcers occurring among air traffic controllers, as a result of job stress. (Illinois Medical Journal, 1972)
  • Creditcarditis: Pain over the rear and down thigh due to pressure on nerve from a wallet stuffed with credit cards.
    (New England Medical Journal, 1966)
  • Ice-cream frostbite: Frostbite on the lips from prolonged contact with ice-cream. (New England Medical Journal, 1982)
  • Money counters’ cramp: Painful seizure of muscles from counting too much cash. (English University Press, 1975)
  • Nun’s knee: Swelling of kneecap from repeated kneeling in prayer. (Diseases of Occupations, 1975)
  • Sick Santa’s syndrome: Low back pain from lifting heavy children and parcels and acquired illnesses from multiple contact with kids. (JAMA, 1986)
  • Television legs: Loss of normal flexibility of the legs from being slumped in a chair in front of the box for too long. (JAMA, 1958)


Digg!