Medical Definition of Autoerythrocyte sensitization 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 individual's 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.
(05 Mar 2000)
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