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Tue Mar 13, 2018, 01:04 PM

Doctors find air pocket where part of man's brain should be

Say, you don't suppose that this would explain why I keep doing one damn stupid thing after another.

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Doctors find air pocket where part of man’s brain should be

By Amy B Wang March 12 at 1:05 PM



(BMJ Case Reports)

The 84-year-old man arrived in the emergency room with complaints that weren't uncommon for a patient his age. ... He had reported feeling unsteady over the past several months, culminating in repeated falls in recent weeks. In the three days leading up to his hospital visit, his left arm and leg had noticeably weakened. ... Still, there were no red flags in the man's medical history. He didn't smoke. He rarely drank. A blood test detected nothing abnormal.

“There was no confusion, facial weakness, visual or speech disturbance,” doctors stated in a summary of the man's case published Feb. 27 in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports. “He was otherwise fit and well, independent with physical activities of daily living ... and lived at home with his wife and two sons.”

In other words, doctors thought, there was nothing apparent that would have suggested a clear reason for his symptoms. In a way, they wouldn't be wrong.

It was only after CT and MRI scans that the patient's medical team made an alarming discovery: Where much of the man's right frontal lobe of his brain should have been, there was simply a large blank space.
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Amy B Wang is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post covering national and breaking news. Follow @amybwang

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Ferrets are Cool Mar 2018 #1
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 01:07 PM

1. I would not want to be the technician who had to deliver this report to the doctor. nt

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 04:28 PM

4. Probably spend three hours convincing him it wasn't an equipment error

Been there, done that... not with X-ray machines, but similar.

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Response to krispos42 (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 09:52 PM

5. No kidding.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 01:08 PM

2. Anyone voting for

Republicans would look like that .....

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2018, 01:42 PM

3. Trump's gonna be mighty pissed

when he finds out his x-rays have been released.

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