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Gardner-Diamond syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Autoerythrocyte sensitization
  • Autoerythrocyte sensitization purpura
  • Painful bruising syndrome
  • Psychogenic purpura
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How might Gardner-Diamond syndrome be treated?

Unfortunately, there is currently no known effective treatment for Gardner-Diamond syndrome. In some affected individuals, psychiatric medications for mental illness have helped to improve the symptoms. For example, in an affected individual with an underlying personality disorder, medications typically used to treat the personality disorder may help with the symptoms of Gardner-Diamond syndrome. Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and suggestive therapy have also been shown to improve skin condition and psychological disorders in younger individuals. It has been proposed that certain medications used to alter the tonus of the capillaries (how they contract), the permeability of the vessels and/or the flowing properties of the blood may be advised for some individuals.[1]
Last updated: 9/14/2011

  1. OL Ivanov, AN Lvov, AV Michenko, J Künzel, P Mayser, U Gieler. Autoerythrocyte sensitization syndrome (Gardner–Diamond syndrome): review of the literature. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 2009; 23(5):499-504.