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Arcane
726951.  Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:47 am Reply with quote

Bemahan's "Islets of Langerhans" (located in the pancreas) comment was a good one, so in the spirit of that, I thought I'd create a topic for interesting I medical information.

Now this, despite me having worked in the medical industry for most of my working life, I did not know.

Iatrophobia: Fear of going to the doctor.

 
RLDavies
726953.  Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:54 am Reply with quote

Iatrogenic: caused by medical treatment or the actions of medical personnel. Usually used in a negative sense, e.g. an iatrogenic infection is one picked up in hospital.

 
djgordy
726993.  Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:45 am Reply with quote

If only someone had thought about starting an "Ills and Illness" thread.

 
tetsabb
727143.  Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:46 am Reply with quote

That would have been silly..

 
gerontius grumpus
730298.  Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:38 pm Reply with quote

Iodine based intravenous contrast agents.
Modern contrast agents are non-ionic and much less likely to cause allergic reactions than their predecessors. They do however cause slight irritation in the blood vessels, this manifests itself as a warm feeling. When injected quickly, this is felt on the skin surface in the lower abdomen, so patients often believe they have been incontinent.

 
Arcane
737773.  Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:32 pm Reply with quote

Internal decapitation.

Yes, it does exist.

It's extremely rare to survive, but it does happen. Basically, internal decapitation involves separation of the vertebra from each other, but not the spinal cord. There is damage to the spinal cord in those who survive, and some even go on to recover quite well.

Here are a few cases, images and stories regarding this:

http://images.dailyme.com/assets/2009091000003149.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_decapitation

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj274/reddygirl_photos/internaldecapitation.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8SnVJt9S38&feature=related

http://cbs4.com/watercooler/decapitation.internal.shannon.2.283823.html

http://video.news.sky.com/sky-news/content/StaticFile/jpg/2009/Aug/Week1/15352626.jpg

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1547078/Boy-who-recovered-from-internal-decapitation.html

http://www.uci.edu/features/feature_wilhite_090826.php

 
mckeonj
737988.  Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:00 pm Reply with quote

I knew a man who was internally decapitated and survived; he was injured in a car collision. When I met him a couple of weeks later, he was walking around with his head resting on his shoulder, and we had conversation.

 
plinkplonk
738475.  Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:52 pm Reply with quote

Then there is the ileum, which isn't where you'd find topless towers, but is the final section of the small intestine which has the iliac muscle, the intestine as a whole, the internal organs as a whole, the intermetacarpal articulations, the intertarsal articulations, the infrahydroid muscles, the internal carotid artery, the inferior vena cava, the inferior pulmonary vein, the internal ear, the incisors, the irises in the eye and, of course, the ickle fingers and ickle toes.

 
smiley_face
745357.  Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:11 pm Reply with quote

RLDavies wrote:
an iatrogenic infection is one picked up in hospital.

You'd usually call it a nosocomial infection. "Iatrogenic" usually implies that it is a consequence of some direct medical intervention, e.g. a side effect of a drug / other intervention. Hospital-based infections such MRSA / resistant c.diff aren't really the result of a direct intervention, rather just being in hospital, so wouldn't generally be called "iatrogenic".

 
smiley_face
745358.  Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:21 pm Reply with quote

plinkplonk wrote:
Then there is the ileum, which isn't where you'd find topless towers, but is the final section of the small intestine which has the iliac muscle, the intestine as a whole, the internal organs as a whole, the intermetacarpal articulations, the intertarsal articulations, the infrahydroid muscles, the internal carotid artery, the inferior vena cava, the inferior pulmonary vein, the internal ear, the incisors, the irises in the eye and, of course, the ickle fingers and ickle toes.


The iliac muscle is nowhere near the ileum.
It's the "infrahyoid" muscles. No "hydroid" in there.
"Inner ear" rather than "internal ear".

 

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