Might it not rather be some unknown form of ulcer of hysterical origin?
He has spoken of it as an ulcer that is draining the Empire of its resources.
No ulcer can heal, unless the absorption from it is as great as the deposition in it.
Oh, do not talk of her; she is my ulcer, particularly when I am in a bad temper.
The condition of the ulcer when the clay is removed is indescribable.