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Chain Smoker's Skin Turns Bright Yellow After Tumour Blocks Bile Ducts

Jess Hardiman

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Chain Smoker's Skin Turns Bright Yellow After Tumour Blocks Bile Ducts

Photos of a chain-smoking man in China show how his skin turned bright yellow, with doctors attributing the condition to a tumour that they believe may have been linked to his lifestyle.

The 60-year-old man, identified only by his surname Du, was rushed to hospital after feeling unwell and noticing his body turn an unnerving shade of yellow.

The colour was so bright that it looked as though he'd been covered in paint, but doctors at a hospital in the city of Huai'an, in the eastern-central Chinese province of Jiangsu, eventually diagnosed him with jaundice caused by a tumour in his pancreas, which was so large it was blocking his bile ducts.

Credit: AsiaWire
Credit: AsiaWire

They said they believed his heavy smoking had contributed to the tumour, having also found a second tumour in another part of his body.

Du's lifestyle, they explained, had involved heavy smoking and drinking for more than three decades.

After removing the rumours, they urged him to give up both habits if he wanted to have a chance of survival.

Doctors said the tumour that was blocking his bile duct had been diagnosed as malignant, explaining how the treatment he requires will have the best chance of success if he stops smoking and drinking.

Thankfully, Du's skin has returned to its normal colour, following an operation to remove the tumours.

Credit: AsiaWire
Credit: AsiaWire

Medics said the biliary tract obstruction was one of the main causes for the medical condition known as jaundice - which results in a yellowish or greenish pigmentation of the skin, and even on the whites of the eyes.

Du has since been discharged and his back on his feet, having said he is determined to improve his lifestyle to prevent the tumours from returning.

Credit: AsiaWire
Credit: AsiaWire

Jaundice was also an unlikely side-effect for a man in the United States who had injected himself with 'magic mushrooms', which caused fungi to grow in his blood and his organs to fail.

The 30-year-old man, from Nebraska, was rushed to the hospital after his family noticed that he was acting a little strange and seemed to be in a state of confusion.

According to the case study in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, the man had bipolar disorder type one. Doctors discovered he hadn't been taking his medications and had been going through a series of manic and depressive episodes.

His family said that during one of his episodes he tried to research ways of reducing his opioid intake, and read about how psilocybin - the drug found in magic mushrooms - could be used to help with anxiety and depression.

According to the case study, the man boiled his mushrooms in water and filtered the liquid through a cotton swab before injecting it.

A couple of days later, he began to feel extremely tired and started vomiting blood, as well as suffering from diarrhea and developing jaundice.

After finding him, his family rushed him to hospital.

Featured Image Credit: AsiaWire

Topics: World News, News, China, Health

Jess Hardiman
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