the hungry girl

June 8, 2008

exams in 4 days! i am officially in panic mode now. anyway i was reading through my paediatrics notes, and i can’t decide if medical people love or hate food. here’s why

  • intussusception : red-currant jelly stools
  • pyloric stenosis: olive tumour
  • Maple syrup urine disease
  • Sturge-Weber syndrome: portwine stain
  • Transposition of the great arteries: ‘egg on its side’ chest x-ray finding
  • Prune-belly syndrome

and these are just some of the references off the top of my head. of course there are references to animals (eg.spider naevus, stork mark), plants (eg. ash-leaf pigmentation in tuberous sclerosis), objects (eg. scissor legs in cerebral palsy, cogwheel rigidity in Parkinson’s), events (eg. cocktail party syndrome), weather (eg. thunderclap headache of subarachnoid haemorrhage), and of course people (the eponymous syndromes like Down’s, Tay-Sachs, Marfan’s. Turner’s, Edward’s etc)… as you can see i derive joy from making a list like this. anyway, going back to the food references, i have no idea why they are so rampant in the wonderful world of medicine. you would think i would be repulsed by now, but no actually i’m slightly hungry.

p.s. can anyone think of more food references? share, please!


4 Responses to “the hungry girl”

  1. stayinggold Says:

    Heres my addition!
    sausage mass – intussusception
    fishy smell with trichomonas – garnerella
    cottage cheese curd – candida
    strawberry naevus
    Strawberry punctate spots

    haha i was always amused by all these names too!

  2. stayinggold Says:

    wait! i forgot my favorite!


  3. el Says:

    omg! yes chocolate cyst! it looks like molten dark chocolate don’t you think!

    i still dunno what my favourite is… although i’m currently amused by parvovirus B19 aka slapped cheek disease hahaha (which has nothing to do with food) argh freaking out for examsss

  4. stayinggold Says:

    haha can you look at chocolate sauce the same way again??

    how was the exams for you? now onto osces then FUN FUN FUN!

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