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Super Scar

by on Apr.16, 2015, under Family, Health, Kids, Media

Whether it's for the heart pedi_surg1 the head   Leogane Jan-Feb 2010 or any other surgical procedure, it takes a lot of courage for a kid to endure. carter04 On top of surviving 5 open heart surgeries, seven-year-old Carter Gentle from Farmington Maine was upset because the scar from the latest emergency pacemaker operation was ugly. carter01 His dad Mark said that when Carter first removed the bandages, "he went down to the bathroom to look in the mirror and he just started sobbing." His dad told him that his scars were beautiful, and made him look like a superhero. carter02 He posted a picture of Carter showing his scars on his Facebook page, hoping to get support from friends and boost Carter's confidence. carter03 Since it was posted on April 11, the picture has garnered more than 1.5 million "likes", more than the total number of Mark Gentle's Facebook friends. Comments have been overwhelmingly positive, with others sharing their own scars and encouragement. https://www.facebook.com/mark.gentle.125/posts/838002282933707:0
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Larger Than Life

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Culture, Health

Even as a young boy, Ethan (not his real name)wasn't confident around girls. shy01As he grew older, his shyness around girls never diminished. shy02 At the age of 17, he became tired of his handicap. Unable to play any competitive sports, have sex or even wear pants without difficulty, it became time to face his problem. The teen decided to have his penis reduced. The 17-year-old's flaccid instrument measured seven inches in length but had a circumference of 10 inches - which is about the size of a grapefruit. Before the life-changing operation, surgeons said it was shaped like a "rugby ball" and restricted his ability to play sports or have sex. Danny Care • Rugby Union Player - thealbamale.blogspot The teen told doctors he would spontaneously get erections because the shape of it restricted the natural blood flow. Rafael Carrion, a urologist at the University of South Florida took on the challenge. Surgeons developed a new technique normally used to cut scar tissue from the penis by slicing alongside an old circumcision scar and cut out two segments of tissue from either side. Dr Carrion said, "It was a bit like having two side tummy-tucks - that's how we explained it to him." shy03 In the end it was complete success and the teen is ecstatic with the results. Dr Carrion reported, "It looks cosmetically appealing, and he said it was a life-changing event, he's all smiles." rhino3
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Sock in the Stomach

by on Sep.07, 2014, under Animals, Family, Food, Health

Some dogs will eat just about anything. dog_cattoy This three year old Great Dane isn't picky. Like a lot of dogs, he swallows first and decides whether or not it was food afterwards. dane1 Normally these things work themselves out in the end. But one day when he started to vomit repeatedly, his owners took him to the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, OR., where he helped them earn second place. danexr4 His x-rays, showing 44 socks, won the clinic the $500 second place prize in the 2014 X-Ray Contest Winners from The Veterinary Practice News. danexr4 He arrived with a distended stomach so was treated with exploratory surgery, which quickly revealed the cause. dane2 After the 43 1/2 socks were removed, he recovered quickly and was sent home the next day. dane3 We recommend that he pass on the socks.
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A Bar Enters a Man

by on Sep.07, 2014, under Health

Mr. Ho was razing his property in Leye County, Guangxi Province, China when the punchline hit him. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 A Ho walks into a bar... In this case, the bar fell from above impaling him. It went through the right side of his forehead all the way through the left side of his jaw. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 Paramedics were surprised by the extent of the injuries, and after transporting Ho to the hospital, they had to call firemen to cut off the ends of the bar. He was then transferred to a better equipped hospital where the rest of the bar could be removed. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 An x-ray taken in preparation for the surgery showed that the inch thick steel bar passed through the right side of his forehead and behind the left eye socket before exiting through the left cheek just over the jawline. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 Had the rod penetrated at a slightly different angle it would likely have passed through his brain or eyeball, resulting in even more serious injuries or death. Man survives after getting metal bar impaled through head, Leye County, Guangxi Province, China - 21 Aug 2014 Mr. Ho is expected to make a full recovery, and is staying away from bars in the future.
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Embraceable You

by on May.27, 2013, under Health, Technology

Bowlegs is a condition in which the knees stay wide apart when a person stands with the feet and ankles together. It is considered normal in children under 18 months, as the legs begin to straighten once the child starts to walk and the legs bear his weight. bowleg_pedia By around age 3, the child can usually stand with the ankles apart and the knees just touching. If the bowed legs are still present, the child is called bowlegged. Bowlegs may be caused by illnesses such as:
  • Abnormal bone development
  • Blount's disease
  • Fractures that do not heal correctly
  • Lead or fluoride poisoning
  • Rickets, which is caused by a lack of vitamin D
Divas Unite! Christina Aguilera and Cher turn the heads of a group of men as they film a scene for their latest movie "Burlesque" Bow legs may be useful for some professions. bowleg_cowkid brothel_deutsch If the case isn't extreme, often nothing is done. bowleg_blountx But sometimes surgery is indicated. Bowlegs do not go away and if not treated, may lead to arthritis in the knees or hips, and hip joint damage.


Braces are used to gradually lengthen the bones and straighten them.


The brace usually has to be attached to the bones, so holes are made to pass the bolts and wires through.


The bones move around 1 mm/day and the procedure can take four to six months.


The excruciating pain goes away after a few weeks and will hopefully eliminate the need for hip or knee surgery later on.

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The Hairy Eyeball

by on Jan.08, 2013, under Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Technology

The hairy eyeball


A glance made with partially lowered eyelashes. This usually indicates suspicion or hostility but may signal other emotions too. hairy-eyeball-jb   Then there's the limbal dermoid: skin tissue that can sprout hair, cartilage, sweat glands and even teeth.

epibulbar_dermoid_1_060429 You can see the epibulbar dermoid on this child, who can also sprout hair, cartilage, sweat glands and even teeth.


Besides occluding vision, the tumor can be painful.


The condition is uncommon, occurring in around 1 in 10,000 births, and the tumor is benign.


It's a congenital condition, which can usually be treated with surgery.


If the dermoid forms on the cornea rather than the limbus, it's a corneal dermatoid.


In most cases some vision can be restored, evidently by the application of chopsticks.


Then there's nothing left to do but dispose of the extra tissue and clean up the surgical area.




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Shoeless Xiao

by on Jan.01, 2013, under Culture, Family, Health, Kids

Xiao Meng, a 14 year old schoolboy, is usually the last to be picked for soccer. He's long outgrown any available shoes. Xiao is called "Hobbit Boy" by his schoolmates due to his congenital neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition which causes the feet to swell abnormally. xiaomeng-school His family couldn't afford treatment, so his feet have continued to grow bigger as he gets older. xiaomeng-exam His school teachers launched a campaign to get him the medical care he needs to lead a more normal life. xiaomeng-measure The Chinese media picked up the story and supported the effort. xiaomeng-prep Shanghai Children's Hospital agreed to provide free care. Donors have provided enough to cover accommodations in Shanghai while China Southern Airlines will provide free plane tickets for the boy and his family. xiaomeng-surg1 Doctors plan to cut away the excess growths from his feet during a four hour long surgery. He should gain about 70% of normal foot movement. The left foot can be treated in one operation, but the right foot will have to be done in two or three phases. xiaomeng-surgery It's expected to take about six months for the surgical wounds to heal. xiaomeng-exam2 Doctor Tang Yujin of the hospital located in eastern China said, "We can treat the condition and when that is stable we plan to reduce the size of his feet so they look and feel more normal." xiaomeng-shoes He will have to learn to walk again, but is looking forward to being able to wear shoes instead of his makeshift denim boots. xiaomeng-denim "I like school but it hurts to walk and I can't go quickly or join in many games. Children sometimes call me names but they don't mean to be cruel." said Xiao.
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Matt After Medication

by on May.30, 2012, under Family, Health, Kids

"I just farted. You know what I'm sayin?"
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Getting Over The Bump

by on Dec.06, 2011, under Health

Epidermoid cysts are small bumps that develop beneath the skin on the face, neck, trunk and  genital area. Slow-growing and often painless, they rarely cause problems or need treatment. Sebaceous cysts are less common, and they arise from the glands that secrete oily matter that lubricates hair and skin, the sebaceous glands. Epidermoid glands arise from the cells that make up the outer layers of skin. They are rarely cancerous, but they can be painful if they grow too large, or if they abscess. They can usually be surgically removed. It may be indicated if you're self conscious about your appearance.   Multiple sebaceous cysts over the scrotum is a rare condition and requires excision if infected or cosmetically unacceptable. Grossly enlarged or infected cysts require total excision of the scrotal wall followed by the coverage of bare testes.


A 35 year old male came with the chief complaints of small multiple swellings all over the scrotum since last one and half years. The swellings were painless initially but 8 days before patient presented to us, swelling located on the right side of the scrotum near perineum became painful which spread all over the scrotum within 4 days. Then the swellings near the root of penis as well as near the perineum started oozing foul smelling watery discharge followed by the development of the pus inside the swellings. On examination multiple swellings were found arising from the scrotal skin largest measuring 1.5 cm. The scrotal wall was inflamed and tender on touch. The swellings were pearly white in color as seen in the picture and were firm in the consistency. Swellings near the root of penis were fluctuant and tender. Scrotal wall could be moved easily over the testicles and there was no collection in the tunica vaginal sac clinically. Ultrasonography of the local part revealed testes of normal consistency without free fluid in the tunica vaginal sac. The patient was taken for surgery and entire scrotal wall is excised baring the testes. Blood supply of the scrotal wall was compromised but active bleeding was present on the cut margins after total excision of the scrotal wall. Testes were dressed in Vaseline gauze and broad spectrum antibiotic were started for initial 2 days till pus culture report revealed Pseudomonas auriginosa organism sensitive for antibiotic Ceftazidime which is then started. Patient was treated with daily dressing using normal saline till healthy granulation tissue was seen over the testes and cut margins of the scrotal wall and the repeated wound cultures were negative for any organisms. The process took a week after which patient was again posted for the coverage of bare testes. Excess granulation tissue over the testes was scraped delicately taking care of hemostasis. Superficial pudendal artery (branch of Femoral Artery) based pedicle flaps of quadrangular shape were raised from both the thighs and rotated over the bare tastes as shown in picture 2 and tied in the midline.  

Pedicle flap

Tying over of flaps

The triangular areas left behind after the rotation of the flap on medial side of both the thighs was covered by the split thickness skin graft harvested from lower part of the right thigh. Corrugated drains were kept under both the flaps and the finally it looked like the above picture.

The patient was under follow up for 8 months in which he recovered with a fine scar over the wound, and horrible nightmares from these photos.

Now let's see what we can do for this guy.

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A Shot In The Dark

by on Sep.29, 2011, under Crime, Health, Weapons

Karla Flores, from Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, was selling seafood on the street when she heard a loud bang. Something hit her, knocking her down. Her face felt like it was burning, and when she touched it with her hand, she saw the blood. She assumed she had been hit by a stone. But it looked like a man made projectile, and since they couldn't identify it, they took x-rays. The object, stuck between the superior and inferior jawbones, was a live fragmentation grenade.

Head of the hospital Dr. Gaxiola Meza, asked for volunteers. Two anesthesiologists, Felipe Ortiz y Cristina Soto, the nurse Rodrigo Arredondo and Dr. Lidia Soto agreed to help. Along with two explosive experts from the Mexican army, they took Karla to an open field to operate her. They took all the surgical equipment with them to avoid endangering anyone else.

Karla was given a tracheotomy to help her breathe while doctors slowly and carefully removed the grenade. Although she lost half of her teeth, has a massive scar, and more surgeries ahead, Karla Flores considers herself lucky.

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