Succesful ear replanatation of the ear with the help of medical leeches.
The 19-year-old girl was attacked by a pit bull (panel A and B). The amputated part of the ear was replanted, and the tiny arteries were re-connected with microsurgery. No suitable veins could be reconnected, so the leech was nice enough to aid with venous drainage for 17 days (panel C). Four months later: Panel D.
Read the case at NEJM
I cannot even imagine being the nurse with orders to apply leeches to my patients ear. Oh hell no.
It’s actually kind of fun. Squishy therapy!
enlarged heart (cardiomegaly)
This Doctor Says He Can Cure Heroin Addicts by Putting Them in a Coma
Muhammad had many good reasons for being pissed off. He was far from home, his arm was bleeding, and he’d recently come out of a coma. The stranger asking about his heroin addiction probably didn’t help. But he had already tried drug clinics in France, Spain, Italy, and Turkey, and none of them had worked. He’d come to Kyrgyzstan because he thought it was his last chance.
He’d traveled from Algiers based on the reputation of the Nazaraliev Medical Center, a private clinic near Bishkek. The center claims that 80 percent of its patients stay drug free for at least a year after receiving treatment there. Many of those it treats come from Russia or the former Soviet Union, but there’s no shortage of domestic customers. Heroin use has drastically increased in Kyrgyzstan over the last decade. The last official estimate, in 2006, put the number of intravenous drug users in the country at 26,000. According to Dr. Alexander Zelichenko, Director of the Central Asian Center on Drug Policy, there may now be around 100,000 users in a country with a population just below 5.6 million.