Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 210

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 210

Question 1

Burger King in Japan released the “Kuro Burger” in 2014, what ingredient did they use that could be found in an emergency department to make the burger black?

Kuro Burger Burger King

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Charcoal or squid ink is now commonly being used in certain establishments to make your brioche bun black or even in a smoothie. So when your patients turn their nose up at the thought of drinking the activated charcoal just send them round to the local cafe.

Question 2

What is this symbol and where would you find it?

Eye Medicine Man Native American shaman

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Eye of the medicine man

Found in North America, and used by Shaman / medicine men. The outer lines of the symbol represents the four corners of the Universe – North, South, East and West of the physical world. The inner lines represent the Spirit world. The centre circle represents the eye of the Medicine Man and his spiritual vision.

Question 3

What is “Folie à deux”?

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Folie à deux, or shared psychosis, is a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief and hallucinations are transmitted from one individual to another.

The same syndrome shared by more than two people may be called folie à trois, folie à quatre, folie en famille, or even folie à plusieurs (“madness of many”).


Question 4

What is Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome and how many people is it named after?

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The condition is named after two people

Thomas Fitz-Hugh Jr (1894 – 1963) and Arthur Hale Curtis (1881 – 1955)

The eponym Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome refers to adhesions between the liver capsule and under surface of the anterior abdominal wall seen on laparotomy/laparoscopy. The condition most commonly (but not exclusively) occurs in females with PID/salpingitis infected with Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Question 5

What is the Rigler triad?

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Rigler triad (1941) – imaging findings in patients with gallstone ileus:

  1. an ectopic gallstone causing
  2. partial or complete small bowel obstruction, and
  3. pneumobilia and/or gallbladder lumen gas

Named after Leo George Rigler (1896 – 1979). Rigler triad should not be confused with Rigler sign; the Rigler Notch sign; or the Hoffman-Rigler sign.

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Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five

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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