Admittedly, the non-TV critics among you might disagree, claiming there are PLENTY of less favourable situations to find oneself in - being trapped in a hot car alongside someone with trimethylaminuria (fish odour syndrome
), for example.
The conditions featured include chronic fatigue and eczema, more unusual disorders such as fish odour syndrome
and life-threatening type 2 diabetes and breast cancer.
Fish odour Syndrome
Casebook If you think there is something a bit fishy about this condition then you would be right.
A more serious condition - but one which is incredibly rare - is fish odour syndrome
, which is exactly as it sounds.
As many as one in ten thousand people may be affected to some extent by trimethylaminuria, or as it is better known, 'fish odour syndrome.' Anyone who has ever worked in an organic chemistry lab will recall, without any fondness, the smell of trimethylamine.
For the vast majority of people this is of no concern because the trimethylamine is converted in the liver to odourless trimethylamine oxide, which is then excreted in the urine, n the case of fish odour syndrome, not enough of the enzyme (trimethylamine oxidase) needed to carry out this conversion in the liver is produced due to a faulty gene inherited from both parents (known as a recessive trait).
Fish odour syndrome has a broad spectrum of effects.
The story follows three people who have Fish Odour Syndrome
- an incurable condition that causes sufferers to smell of anything from rotting fish to stale sweat.
Then again, you may have a condition known as Fish Odour Syndrome.
But Fish Odour Syndrome sufferers lack the genetic regulation and, instead, they carry pure smelly TMA in their urine and vaginal secretions.
You're suffering from what's known as Fish Odour Syndrome - yes, honestly, that's what it's called.
Fish Odour Syndrome has been known to doctors for many years, but it was thought to be very rare.