Acquired savant syndrome

Following a head injury whilst skiing an anonymous US lady now complains of remembering too much. “I could remember everywhere, like flicking through the pages of a book. Every place I had ever been, but specifically the buildings.“ http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/acquired-savant-sydnrome The lady goes on to say that her neurologist is considering writing up her case. I wonder […]

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Complex composite odontoma and World Record teeth

The case of Ashik Gavai from India has been widely reported in the press. India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy’s mouth (BBC News) The Indian boy who had a ‘world record’ 232 teeth (Washington Post) Chew on that. 232 teeth removed from boy’s mouth (Mumbai Mirror) He presented with a rare condition called complex composite odontoma […]

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Too young for cancer. Case in the media highlights challenge of diagnosis

The case of a 29 year old scientist who died of bowel cancer has been highlighted in the press because her brother is planning to raise funds for the World Cancer Research Fund. “A doctor who was told she was too young to get bowel cancer died after being sent home and misdiagnosed with bowel disease.” Doctor, […]

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Primary prophylaxis of pulmonary embolus with retrievable IVC filter

Announced in the news today was the case of Doreen Carter who had an inferior vena cava filter inserted as an alternative for prophylaxis against thromboembolism. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-21655038 She was due to have bowel surgery and, presumably, was deemed too high risk for anticoagulation. The titanium device was also designed to be easily removed. “Dr Carl […]

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Clinton’s ‘blood clot’ – an MRI and media challenge.

So it turns out that Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State – who has visited more countries in office than any other – developed a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/12/202419.htm Previously it was just called a ‘blood clot’ requiring ‘hospital’ and ‘blood thinners’. This followed a day of intense speculation in the media which […]

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