The boy saw lots of doctors over the years for his symptoms, which were fairly typical of an ear condition. Bloody discharge, hearing loss and pain would all suggest a problem will the ear itself. Indeed; his doctor described it as an advanced form of ‘swimmer’s ear’ as his ears were continually red and inflamed. This also narrowed his ear canals and made it difficult for him to hear, making his life pretty miserable!
To get to the bottom of his condition his doctors decided to perform a biopsy on the ear. In doing so they found that he had a skin condition that can occur as a side effect of Crohn’s disease, which is a condition that causes swelling and irritation within the digestive system. In rare cases, those with Crohn’s disease can exhibit a number of skin disorders such as eye inflammation and mouth sores. However, people with such severe complications are usually already diagnosed with the disease. It is exceedingly rare for somebody to not know they have it, only to find out through secondary symptoms.
In fact, the boy didn’t have any stomach problems what so ever and so the doctors could never have suspected Crohn’s disease as the cause. The surprising result was further compounded by the fact that nobody had reported similar ear symptoms occurring in anybody else with the disease. It was a true anomaly.
He has since taken medication to reduce the inflammation and has experienced a significant increase in his hearing and no longer suffers from bloody discharge, although his ear canals are still somewhat narrow.