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Haemolacria is a physical condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood. It can manifest as tears that are anything from merely red-tinged to appearing to be entirely made of blood.

Haemolacria is a symptom of a number of diseases,[1] and may also be indicative of a tumor in the lacrimal apparatus. It is most often provoked by local factors such as bacterial conjunctivitis, environmental damage or injuries.[2]

Acute haemolacria can occur in fertile women and seems to be induced by hormones, [2] similarly to what happens in endometriosis.

Documented cases[edit]

Calvino Inman
Aged 19, weeps tears of blood 5 times a day.[3]
Rashida Khatoon
From India, can cry blood up to 5 times a day, and even faint with every weeping.[4]
Yaritza Oliva (not officially diagnosed)
Age 21, from Chile. Cries tears of blood several times a day. [5]
Max Pomphrett
Aged 17, from Australia. Cries tears of blood several times a day and has reportedly suffered from chronic pain in the eyes as a result.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ahluwalia, BK; Khurana AK; Sood S (Jan–Feb 1987). "Bloody tears (jddfcj)". Indian Journal of Ophthalmology 35 (1): 41–43. PMID 3450614. 
  2. ^ a b Ottovay E, Norn M (August 1991). "Occult haemolacria in females". Acta Ophthalmol (Copenh) 69 (4): 544–6. doi:10.1111/j.1755-3768.1991.tb02038.x. PMID 1750328. 
  3. ^ Adolescente americano chora sangue até três vezes por dia, diz site
  4. ^ http://www.weirdasianews.com/2009/05/13/indian-girl-cries-tears-blood
  5. ^ "WATCH: Tears Of Blood?". Huffington Post. 25 June 2013. 

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