Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 176

Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF, introducing the Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 176

Question 1

Piperazine was first introduced as an anti parasitic drug in 1953 but it has a side affect. What is ‘worm wobble’?

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Cerebral Ataxia

The neurotoxic effects are usually seen after the initial doses, and resolution of symptoms is rapid and complete within 24–48 hours of discontinuing treatment.

Although the exact mechanism of piperazine neurotoxicity is not understood, various theories have been put forward to explain its widespread neurotoxic effects. These include post-synaptic neuromuscular blockade, a lowering of the pH with ionic shifts across the cell membrane, and an idiopathic demyelinating process (probably a hypersensitivity reaction predisposed to by the presence of the parasite, and the most popular theory)

Question 2

What do snakes and people with ‘Rapunzel Syndrome’ have in common?

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They can’t digest hair

Due to a lack of keratinise in their digestive system (although I am unaware of any mammal that can digest hair)

To my knowledge the largest hair bezoar removed was from a woman in Chicago in 2007 weighing 10lb.

Question 3

Which country has the first ‘Hello Kitty’ themed maternity hospital?

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Question 4

What might be late in Kallmann’s and early in Albright’s?

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Question 5

The bulb of meadow saffron yields which chemotherapeutic agent?

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The correct name for the plan is Colchicum autumnale.

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Dr Neil Long BMBS FACEM FRCEM FRCPC. Emergency Physician at Kelowna hospital, British Columbia. Loves the misery of alpine climbing and working in austere environments (namely tertiary trauma centres). Supporter of FOAMed, lifelong education and trying to find that elusive peak performance.

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