Other Names for this Disease
- Autoerythrocyte sensitization
- Autoerythrocyte sensitization purpura
- Painful bruising syndrome
- Psychogenic purpura
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 The disorder is most common in Caucasian women who have mental illness or emotional stress. Symptoms typically include the formation of multiple, small, purple bruises that may be associated with redness and swelling. Most affected individuals report that the bruising occurs either spontaneously or some time after trauma or surgery. The cause of the condition is poorly understood. Management typically involves psychiatric treatment.Gardner-Diamond syndrome is a condition characterized by episodes of unexplained, painful bruising, mostly occurring on the arms, legs, trunk and/or face.
Last updated: 9/12/2011
- Benjamin P Geisler, Bruce J Dezube. Psychogenic purpura (Gardner-Diamond syndrome). UpToDate. January 19, 2011; http://www.uptodate.com/contents/psychogenic-purpura-gardner-diamond-syndrome. Accessed 9/12/2011.
- 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.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Gardner-Diamond syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- Meeder R, Bannister S. Gardner-Diamond syndrome: Difficulties in the management of patients with unexplained medical symptoms. Paediatr Child Health. 2006 Sep;11(7):416-9.