Welcome to the third edition of SurgeXperiences, the first carnival of surgery. Iâ€™m honored to bring you this surgical carnival.
This will be a practical and concise edition. The objective of blogs (in my point of view) is to answer questions as quickly as possible, so lets start with the HOW-TOs. Enjoy.
How to classify fingertip injuries and amputations and how to treat them? This is a nice abstract in where we will learn how to close the wound, maximize sensory return, preserve length, maintain joint function, and achieve a satisfactory cosmetic appearance. This is a Must Read!
How much farther have we advanced in medicine since the days of trepanation? Do you know that people had holes drilled in their heads voluntarily and they state that this results in more energy and an increased feeling of consciousness and lessens repression?
Kylie Hodgson gave birth to twin daughters by caesarean section, then she realised a difference between them.
This amazing conception happened after two eggs were fertilised at the same time in the womb.
The odds against of a mixed race couple having twins of dramatically different colour are a million to one.
Skin colour is believed to be determined by up to seven different genes working together. For a mixed-race couple, the odds of either of these scenarios is around 100 to one. But both scenarios can occur at the same time if the woman conceives non-identical twins, another 100 to one chance.
This involves two eggs being fertilised by two sperm at the same time, which also has odds of around 100 to one.
If a sperm containing all-white genes fuses with a similar egg and a sperm coding for purely black skin fuses with a similar egg, two babies of dramatically different colours will be born.
The odds of this happening are 100 x 100 x 100 – a million to one.
A missionary in Eastern Europe recently reported an extremely rare (condylomatosis) skin condition. This disease is called Lewandowsky-Lutz dysplasia. This missionary wrote:
I found this man, and other than his hands and feet, he looked and seemed in good health. As best as I could gather these growths began when he was 14 years old, and began in the area of his wrists. The skin on his wrists and the back of his hands resembles that of a hedgehog – hundreds of spike like growths. The problem is much more severe on his palms and fingers where the growths resemble very much that of nails infected with a fungus. The growths have that same texture, smell and feel. I cut a number of the largest growths off, most of witch did not bleed. Some of the smaller growths did bleed a small amount and he seemed much more sensitive to the cutting of the smaller growths.
It has grown slowly but steadily but has not spread to other parts of his body, just a bit below his knees on his legs. He has other skin growth (many would be skin tags) on his face, and some moles on his chest. The growths are not as bad on his feet but I was told that more than 10 years ago many we cauterized off his feet, and they did not return. I think with repeated soaking and cutting most could be removed but other parts will I think need to be burned away in some form.”
He has 15 skin tags on his face, and a wart in one ear.
The neuropathologist Diana Rivas from PerÃº runs a Museum of brains and she states that this show is unique in the World.
This museum has an inventory of 2,998 brains and counting. Rivas studies neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders but, unlike prestigious brain banks around the World, she allows entrance to the general public.
There is a brain of the Creutzfeld-Jakob disease.
Her goal is to educate people.
“It’s true. Alcohol and drugs kill brain cells”, she said.