Suara.com – A man from China was diagnosed with crocodile tear syndrome. However, these weren’t fake tears deliberately shed to look pathetic.
Crocodile tear syndrome is a rare medical condition that causes a person to shed tears every time they eat.
Last year, the Chinese news was shocked by the case of a man named Zhang always crying when he ate.
Zhang didn’t think much of it at first, but the number of tears in his eyes increased as he chewed for a long time.
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He admits that his condition interferes with his social life, reports Oddity Central.
This man started to avoid eating in public for fear of crying in front of people. So, he isolated himself.
However, Zhang realized that he could not hide his condition forever. He also checked himself to the doctor.
Zhang checked himself in last February to a hospital in Wuhan, China. There, he was diagnosed with a rare condition commonly known as crocodile tear syndrome.
The head of the Ophthalmology Department at the hospital, Cheng Mian Ching, explained that the patient’s condition was closely related to Zhang’s facial paralysis.
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Her recovery from facial paralysis has affected the activity of the lacrimal glands, especially in her left eye.
During the recovery period, the facial nerve fibers become misdirected. Salivary nerves that should innervate the submandibular gland instead go to the lacrimal gland.
This neural error causes new-like stimuli and taste to trigger the lacrimal gland to produce tears instead of saliva.
Symptoms of crocodile tear syndrome vary from patient to patient. In milder cases, it is generally treated with regular counseling and monitoring.
In more severe cases, botulinum toxin (botox) injections into the lacrimal gland are recommended.
This will stop transmission along the ‘deviated’ nerve fibers. However, the effects of these injections last about six months.
Surgical intervention is also a solution. This is an option in Zhang’s case.