An Amazing Case of Self-Surgery (pt 2)

This story is very impressive because the surgery wasn’t done by a medical professional, but by someone with no medical training.

In March 200 in an isolated Mexican village, a woman was carrying her ninth child. Previous to this pregnancy, she had lost a child in labour so she was determined not to lose another child.

When she was in labour for her 9th child, she was worried she was going to lose her child again due to many hours of the labour being very unproductive. So, she decided she was going to perform a C-section herself.

In order to do the surgery, she drank 3 strong alcoholic drinks to act as a kind of anaesthetic, used a kitchen knife to open up her abdomen and release the baby. She then asked for a local nurse who repositioned the woman’s intestines and sewed up the wound.

8 hours later, she reached her local hospital and recovered after 10 days, however she did need highly extensive treatment.

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324061.php

http://sciencenordic.com/c-sections-can-cause-complications-surgery-later-life

An Amazing Case of Self-Surgery (pt 1)

Today, i’m going to tell you about a Leonid Rogozov, a medical professional (surgeon) who was also a member of the 6th Soviet Antarctic expedition.

In 1960 several weeks into the expedition, he found that he started to suffer from some of the most common signs of appendicitis: he began to suffer from very bad nausea, weakness and extreme pain in the lower right abdomen. They were at the point of their expedition where returning to civilisation would leave it too late, so the only option Leonid had was to treat and operate on himself.

He wrote on his expedition:

“Still no obvious symptoms that perforation is imminent, but an oppressive feeling of foreboding hangs over me…This is it…I have to think through the only possible way out: to operate on myself…It’s almost impossible…but I can’t just fold my arms and give up.”

In order to perform the surgery, he asked three of his colleagues to help him. One of them held the mirror and adjusted the lamp, another gave him the surgical equipment, and the last person was present just incase one of the others fainted or became nauseous – they were also taught how to revive Leonid incase using adrenaline in case he became unconsciousness.

The ‘surgery’ was done at 2a.m on May 1 1961 and although Leonid needed to take regular breaks due to becoming too weak, his self-surgery was successful and after two weeks, he fully recovered and was back to full health.

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Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324061.php

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-over-past-decade-180969373/

 

Why Do Breasts Hurt Before a Period

Today I am going to be explaining why some women can get sore breasts before a period.

So, in a nutshell, the reason for sore beats before a period is due to a reduction of the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone cause lymph nodes to swell.

It has also been found that there could potentially be a link between breast pain and the hormone prolactin – this hormone actually stimulated great milk production after women and if it is present in the body before this time (this can sometimes happen) it can cause changes in the breasts.

Some of the specific symptoms females suffer from regarding there breasts before their period include:

  • pain in one breast
  • pain in both breasts
  • pain radiating into the underarms
  • a sharp pain, or dull
  • swelling
  • intense pain in the nipple area

Other research has found that breast pain could also be due to these factors:

  • clogged milk duct in the breast
  • mastitis – a breast infection that can develop during breastfeeding
  • having large, heavy breasts
  • having previously undergone breast surgery
  • breast injury
  • water retention
  • using certain hormone therapy medications or medications like digitalis, diuretics etc.
  • having fibrocystic breast tissue – makes the breasts dense and lump – this is more painful around menstruation
  • in extreme cases, breast pain can indicate breast cancer

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.healthline.com/health/breast-premenstrual-tenderness-and-swelling

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323998.php

Difference Between Male and Female Brains

Today I am going to attempt to provide a simple explanation of the difference between a male and female brain…

  • Navigation – men depend more on context-dependent memory, but female depends more on spatial perception, motor control, attention, and episodic memory.
  • the part of the brain that detects a threat has better power to evaluate in women than in men
  • women have a stronger neural response to unambiguous visual threat signals
  • microglia (cells that belong to the brain’s immune system) are more active in women, so they are more exposed to chronic pain than men
  • women are more susceptible to mood disorders like depression and anxiety, and anorexia nervosa due to a more heightened activation of the prefrontal cortex
  • males are more likely to haveĀ autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, specific language impairment, Tourette syndrome, and dyslexia

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319592.php?sr

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-relationships/201402/brain-differences-between-genders