Diagnosis: Unusual

Heavy sweating that led to an unexpected diagnosis

A case reports described a man who struggled with unexplained sweating episodes for years.

(CNN)A 60-year-old man struggled with unexplained sweating episodes for three years before doctors diagnosed him with temporal lobe seizures, according to a case study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The man was otherwise healthy but had "an average of 8 discrete episodes of sweating" every 24 to 32 days, the authors said. These episodes lasted several minutes.
He had no other symptoms, and all tests that doctors ran on him returned normal results.
Doctors saw one of these sweating episodes while the patient was on an office visit, the case study said. The patient reported that "he felt it coming on; he lowered his head into his hands and had slowed verbal responses for approximately 2 minutes."