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Published 2 papers and 1 video

mobile chain of survival
Just recently my colleague and I have published two research papers. I am very proud of the first one titled “Mobile phone in the Chain of Survival”, which was published after a lot of research in the Resuscitation journal. This short paper gives an overview of vast possibilities possessed by mobile phones to be of assistance in medical emergencies. It represents a continuation of my work with CPR mobile applications. I have also now published a video of the lecture I gave during the Resuscitation 2010 congress about the same subject. You can watch my 10 minute lecture here, and read our paper at the Resuscitation website.

The second paper we wrote appeared in the Croatian journal Lijecnicki Vjesnik (in English this would be something like Physician’s Newsletter). It is a case report demonstrating a patient with smell disorders, which we suspect were caused be lacidipine, a calcium channel blocker used to treat hypertension. So far this drug has not been linked with smell disorders, but other calcium channel blockers from the same group are well known to cause such problems. The paper is written in Croatian, but its abstracts is available in English – Can lacidipine cause smell disorders? A case report.

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Young man dies from tongue piercing

tounge piercingHaaretz Newspaper from Israel brings a story of an 18-year-old Israel Defense Forces soldier who died this Sunday from an infection he received from a tongue piercing.

The soldier had been hospitalized in serious condition for over a month in Rambam Hospital in Haifa after he developed 14 abscesses in his brain from bacteria that spread from the piercing in his tongue.

The manager of the emergency room at Rambam, Dr. Yaron Bar-Lavi said that during the course of the soldier’s treatment, he began taking medication to deal with spasms that had been caused by the abscesses.

Over the last two days, doctors discovered that the medicine had caused serious problems with the soldier’s liver and led to the decline in his condition and eventually his death.

Back in 2003, Richard Martinello and Elizabeth Cooney published a brief report in Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal entitled “Cerebellar Brain Abscess Associated with Tongue Piercing“. They presented a case of a previously healthy adult who had a solitary cerebellar brain abscess diagnosed. This infection occurred 4 weeks after the patient underwent a tongue piercing procedure that was complicated by an apparent local infection. The clinical history, abscess culture results, and lack of an alternative explanation suggest that infection of the tongue piercing site was the source of the cerebellar abscess.

While brain abcesses present a very rare tounge piercing complication, local infection, pain, bleeding, edema, inhalation, dental trauma, contact lesions, oral interferences and endocarditis are more common. So think twice before getting one.

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