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Gardner-diamond syndrome

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Gardner-diamond syndrome --> autoerythrocyte sensitization syndrome

(Science: syndrome) a condition, usually occurring in women, in which the individual bruises easily (purpura simplex) and the ecchymoses tend to enlarge and involve adjacent tissues, resulting in pain in the affected parts; so-called because similar lesions are produced by inoculation of the individuals blood or various components of red blood cells and it is thought to be a form of localised autosensitization, although no specific antibodies have been demonstrable; in some individuals, there seems to be a psychogenic mechanism.

Synonym: gardner-diamond syndrome, psychogenic purpura.